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The Miami Showband killings

By rareAdmin, Thursday, 31st July 2014 | 0 comments
Filed under: Today in Irish History.











On this day - 1975. 

The Miami Showband killings.

In the 1970's the Miami Showband were one of the most popular musical acts in Ireland. The band was traveling home to Dublin late at night after a performance in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Their minibus was stopped at a bogus military checkpoint seven miles north of Newry, where gunmen in British Army uniforms ordered them to line up by the roadside. Four of the gunmen were serving soldiers from the British Army's Ulster Defence Regiment and all were members of the UVF, a loyalist paramilitary group. While two of the gunmen (both soldiers) were hiding a time bomb on the band's minibus, it exploded prematurely and killed them. The other gunmen then opened fire on the band members, killing three and wounding two.

Two serving British soldiers and one former British soldier were found guilty of the murders and received life sentences, they were released in 1998. Click here -