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Sunday 22 October 2017

Dundalk bombing report, Ludlow murder expected in few weeks

Crowe Street after the bombing in 1975
Crowe Street after the bombing in 1975

For the people of Dundalk, the Christmas of 1975 is one they would rather forget as on Friday, 19th December that year a car bomb exploded outside Kays Tavern in Crowe Street, bringing to the town an event more associated with the Troubles in the north at the time.The bomb exploded at 6.15 p.m. engulfing the premises in fire and sending the car crashing into

While all of the spotlight fell this week on the report by Mr Justice Henry Barron into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings on May 17, 1974, he was also to look into the Dundalk bombing in 1975 and the murder of Seamus Ludlow the next year, and it is understood his report into these events will be ready in a few weeks time.

For the people of Dundalk, the Christmas of 1975 is one they would rather forget as on Friday, 19th December that year a car bomb exploded outside Kay’s Tavern in Crowe Street, bringing to the town an event more associated with the ‘Troubles’ in the north at the time.

The bomb exploded at 6.15 p.m. engulfing the premises in fire and sending the car crashing into the front doors of the Town Hall opposite.

Considering the street was crowded with people on what was a busy Friday evening before Christmas, it was amazing that only one person died in the blast, although man later died from his injuries, and 15 were injured, three of them seriously.

While suspicion fell on the Red Hand Commandos as being responsible for the outrage, it is hoped that Mr Justice Barron’s probe will shed further light as to who exactly was behind the bombing.

Over the years there have been several calls for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the investigation of the murder of Seamus Ludlow, a 48-year-old from Mountpleasant who had no links with any paramilitary organisations.



He was found shot dead in a laneway at Culfore on Sunday, 2nd May, 1976, after being last seen alive in Dundalk the previous night, and again Mr Justice Barron’s report on his murder is awaited.





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