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Seamus Ludlow's 25th Anniversary in 2001


                  The Commemoration.


Photograph: Eileen Fox, Nan Sharkey and Kevin Ludlow at their late brother's memorial..

Above: Mrs. Eileen Fox, Mrs. Nan Sharkey and Kevin Ludlow laying a wreath on 29 April 2001 at the memorial to their late brother Seamus in the lane where he was found murdered 25 years before.

Anniversaries are an important time every year, providing occasions for bereaved families to particularly remember their loved one who died on a particular date. For one who died in such tragic and horrific circumstances the annual anniversary is often traumatic and painful for the living relatives.

For 24 long years of lies and cover-up, and absence of facts behind the cruel murder of Seamus Ludlow, a largely forgotten victim of the Troubles, his family remembered their loved one in private every year on May 2nd. Like that of many other victims of collusion on the south side of the Irish border their grief was largely ignored by a State which had long-since turned its back on their loss!

As May 2001 approached, and with it the 25th anniversary of Seamus Ludlow's cruel murder, the Ludlow family decided to hold a public ceremony at the memorial in the lane off the Bog Road where Seamus Ludlow's lifeless body was abandoned by his UDR/Red Hand Commando killers in 1976. 

It was 25 years since that cruel destruction of a human being by men filled with hatred, and a painful 25 years of indifference by the Irish State which did nothing about it!

The commemoration was planned to increase public awareness of new information that had come to light in recent years: that the RUC and the gardai had known of Seamus Ludlow's loyalist killers' identity since 1977 and 1979 respectively at least; that they did nothing to apprehend the killers who were allowed to kill again and again; that four men were finally arrested by the RUC in February 1998, and released without charge! 

These facts caused outrage in the Ludlow family circle, which had been lied to and cruelly misled and divided by the Garda for more than twenty years. This outrage and the demand for honest answers to the many still unanswered questions were uppermost in the minds of Seamus Ludlow's family as they quietly made arrangements to commemorate the life and cruel death of their deceased relative at the spot where his body was found on 2 May 1976.

On the appointed day over 200 people gathered for this moving ceremony hosted by the Ludlow family on 29 April 2001. This was the Sunday closest to the actual anniversary, and it turned out to be a lovely bright summers' day.

People came from Dundalk, Dublin, south Armagh, Newry, Belfast, Derry, Cavan and from throughout the border counties area to share with the Ludlow family a few moments in memory of the man who was murdered at this spot near the border.

The Ludlow family deeply appreciated the attendance of good friends and neighbours from both sides of the border: Mountpleasant, Ravensdale, Faughart, Dromintee, Jonesborough and elsewhere. 

Also present were relatives of the late Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters who were murdered by a no-warning Loyalist bomb at Kay's Tavern Bar, Crowe Street, in Dundalk on 19 December 1975; by the family of Patrick Mowhan, who was similarly murdered by a Loyalist bomb in Castleblaney, County Monaghan. 

Present also were members of Justice for the Forgotten, the group that represents most of the victims' relatives and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Another welcome attendee was Paul O'Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry.

The Ludlow family was also delighted to have with them the family of the late Aidan McAnespie, who was murdered by British forces at Aughnacloy as he walked peacefully across the border to attend a Gaelic football match. 

Also present was a son of the late Maura Drumm, the Vice President of Sinn Fein, who was murdered in her Mater Hospital bed in Belfast by Loyalists in 1976. Mrs. Drumm was actually born just a short distance away from the Ludlow home, though she spent much of her life in Belfast.

Ed Moloney, who spoke at Seamus Ludlow's 25th anniversary commemoration event.Noted journalist Ed Moloney delivered a moving oration. It was Ed Moloney who first reported the arrests of the four suspects in February 1998, when he interviewed released suspect Paul Hosking. The story appeared in The Sunday Tribune on 8 March 1998. Ed then reported the Ludlow family's story the following Sunday.

Photograph: Monsignor Raymond Murray, who travelled from Cookstown to be with the Ludlow family, makes a short address at the Commemoration.Another distinguished speaker who honoured the Ludlow family with his participation was Mons. Raymond Murray, author of the best selling book The SAS in Ireland (published by Mercier Press, 1990), in which he first reported the abduction Seamus Ludlow's brother-in-law Kevin Donegan by the British Army.

The Donegan family has no idea about how the then Father Murray heard of this incident, because he did not hear of it from them.

Kevin Donegan was airlifted by British military helicopter from Forkhill to Bessbrook for interrogation about the murder and the gardai's line of inquiry. The British Army had earlier called to the Donegan home at Dromintee and attempted to question his wife Kathleen, a sister of Seamus, about her brother's murder.

The murder of an Irishman in the southern jurisdiction should have been no business of the British Army - unless, of course, it was their business. As for the gardai's line of inquiry, the British Army need not have worried, because the gardai abandoned their murder investigation after only three weeks without ever informing the Ludlow family. 

Mons. Murray, now Parish Priest of Cookstown, has been a well-known crusader for human rights and for the victims of state killings and collusion for many years, and he long been closely associated with the victims group Relatives for Justice.

Monsignor Murray has been a valuable supporter of the Ludlow family's campaign since 1998. He kindly supplied a copy of a pathologist's report which the relatives had never seen before. Monsignor Murray also chaired the Ludlow family's public meeting at  Dundalk Town Hall in 1999 for the launch of the independent British Irish Rights Watch Report..

Also present was the Rev. Father Brian McCreesh, a young  curate in the local parish of Lordship at the time of Seamus Ludlow's murder. Father McCreesh, now serving in Kilkerley, County Louth, was very kind to the grieving members of the Ludlow family at that terrible time in May 1976. He helped officiate at the funeral of Seamus Ludlow. His kindness and the comfort he provided in that time of grief has not been forgotten.

Father McCreesh, a native of Camlough, South Armagh, and a brother of the late Raymond McCreesh who died while on hunger-strike in the Long Kesh H-Blocks in 1981, kindly led the gathering in prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased Seamus Ludlow.

The Ludlow family appreciated the great kindness that Father McCreesh and Monsignor Murray had done by joining them for this occasion to help them remember and commemorate the late Seamus Ludlow.

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Photograph: Michael Donegan addresses the crowd who had gathered for the Seamus Ludlow Commemoration. Jimmy Sharkey stands at extreme right.

Pictured here is Michael Donegan, with other members of the Ludlow family circle, and relatives of the victims of the Dundalk bombing of December 1975, addressing the gathering at the Seamus Ludlow Commemoration, on 29 April 2001. Jimmy Sharkey stands at extreme right. Also present in the background are Maura McKeever and Margaret Watters, both daughters of victims of the Dundalk bombing of 19 December 1975.

Wreaths were laid by, or on behalf of, Kevin Ludlow, Mrs. Nan Sharkey, Mrs. Eileen Fox, Mrs. Kathleen Donegan and by the families of the late Paddy Ludlow and Barney Larkin, at the simple memorial to their murdered brother Seamus.

Further wreaths were laid on behalf of relatives of the dead of the Dublin/Monaghan, Dundalk and Castleblaney bombings. 

In the course of his address, Michael thanked many people and groups, in Ireland, and abroad, for their support for the Ludlow family's campaign for truth and justice. The list is extensive.

Among the many who deserved appreciation were: journalists Ed Moloney, The Sunday Tribune; Anne Cadwallader, Ireland on Sunday; and Aeneas Bonner, The Irish News; Jane Winter and her colleagues at British Irish Rights Watch, London; Paul O'Connor and the Pat Finucane Centre, Derry; the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin; Monsignor Raymond Murray, Cookstown, and Relatives for Justice, Belfast; Louth County Council; Newry and Mourne District Council; Seamus Kirk TD; the late Louth County Councillor Miceal O'Donnell; Councillors Tommy Reilly and Arthur Morgan; Anne-Marie Eaton and The Dundalk Democrat; Don Mullan, author and TV3 broadcaster;  Professor Bill Rolston, author of "Unfinished Business: State Killings and the Quest for Truth"; James MacGuill, solicitor, Dundalk; Toni Carragher and the South Armagh Farmers and Residents Committee; Bernard Moffatt and the Celtic League; Amnesty International; Karl Winn and 32.net; Justice for the Forgotten; Liz Walsh of Magill Magazine; Father Brian McCreesh; the Rooney and Watters families of Dundalk; and many more.

Though this dignified commemoration attracted a large gathering to the small country lane near Ballymascanlan Hotel, the event was largely ignored by the Irish national press and broadcasters. Only The Irish News in Belfast reported the event, with no reports in the other national dailies. The Ludlow family was grateful for some advance publicity provided by the Irish independent TV3 News and by Anne Cadwallader in the Ireland on Sunday newspaper.

The local weekly Dundalk Democrat alone produced a detailed report of the Commemoration. This report can be accessed on another page.


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