Thursday 22 February 2018

The Miami band lined up against the van. Then they were coldly murdered

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

AS THEY got out of the van at the checkpoint, Brian McCoy said to Stephen Travers, "Don't worry, this is the army."

It was after 2am and they were in the middle of nowhere on a strip of empty dual carriageway. The members of the Miami Showband had finished a gig in the Castle ballroom in Banbridge, Co Down, about half an hour earlier and had travelled seven miles on their way home to Dublin when the van was stopped.

The five of them filed out. Driver and trumpeter Brian McCoy, 33, Stephen Travers, 24, who was sitting in the front with him and the bass player in the band, instrumentalist Tony Geraghty, 23, guitarist Des Lee and lead singer and keyboard player, Fran O'Toole, 29.

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