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 This photograph of Seamus Ludlow was taken later in his life.This is a youthful photograph of Seamus Ludlow, taken several years before his murder.This memorial stone marks the place where the dead body of Seamus Ludlow was discovered on Sunday 2nd. May, 1976. This new stone recently replaced another stone.




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The Dundalk Bombing


The Irish Times, 13 October 1999:

Victims seek wider inquiry

By Tim O'Brien

A new group calling itself Border Relatives, whose membership is drawn from families of victims of terrorist attacks along the Border throughout the 1970s, has called on the Government to extend the scope of the Wilson inquiry to cover the bombing of the Three Star Inn in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, in 1976.

The group, which held a press conference in Dublin yesterday, said it was convinced the Garda knew "from the earliest times" the identity of those responsible for a number of murders and "up to 50 attacks by loyalist paramilitaries in the 1970s in the south".

Mr Peter O'Connor, a victim of the bombing of Kay's Tavern in Dundalk in 1975, said he was convinced the security forces on both sides of the Border had colluded to target the IRA and ensure the passage of emergency powers legislation through the Dail later that year.

Mr Jimmy Sharkey said he had been told by senior gardai they knew who had murdered his uncle, Seamus Ludlow. However, for many years he and his family "had been fed the lie" that their uncle had been killed by the IRA because he was an informer.

Recently the Taoiseach announced the inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings would be extended to cover the bombing of Kay's Tavern Pub in Dundalk in December 1975 and the murder of Mr Ludlow (48), a forestry worker who was abducted and shot while thumbing a lift north of Dundalk in 1976.

The group says it is non-political and non-sectarian and has pledged to work alongside Justice for the Forgotten to ensure that "nobody is forgotten and justice is finally done".

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The Irish News,  13 October 1999: Families call for inquiries into loyalist murders

The Dundalk Democrat, 22 December 2001: Dundalk bomb victims' families still waiting on public inquiry

The Dundalk Democrat, 26 January 2002: Blayney bombing to feature in new book