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MIAMI SHOWBAND MEMORIAL IS UNVEILED

A MEMORIAL to members of the Miami Showband, who were murdered outside Banbridge in 1975, has been unveiled in Dublin

Fran O'Toole (29), Tony Geraghty (23) and Brian McCoy (33) were shot dead by a loyalist gang after their minibus was stopped at a staged roadblock at Buskhill.

The band members, who were on their way to Dublin after playing in Banbridge, were told to get out of the vehicle and line up at the side of the road.

Two members of the gang attempted to plant a bomb on the bus, but it exploded killing them both.

Last week Taoiseach Bertie Ahern unveiled the memorial by Donegal sculptor Redmond Herrity at the site of the old National Ballroom in Parnell Square in Dublin, where the band regularly played, and he promised that the Dil will debate the killing early next year.

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling including survivors of the attack, Stephen Travers and Des McAlea and band member Ray Millar, who was not travelling with the band at the time of the murders.

In the past the British Government has been accused of failing to co-operate with efforts to establish all those responsible for the shooting.

 
 
 

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