MIAMI SHOWBAND FAMILIES RESPOND TO THE HISTORICAL ENQUIRIES TEAM REPORT
PRESS RELEASE Justice for the Forgotten - The Pat Finucane Centre
The bereaved families and survivors of the Miami Showband attack have received a report from the Historical Enquiries Team into the murders of their loved ones: Tony Geraghty, Brian McCoy and Fran O'Toole.
The murders occurred in the early hours of 31st July 1975 as the Miami showband was returning home to Dublin following a gig in the Castle Ballroom, Banbridge, Co. Down. They were flagged down at a bogus British military checkpoint at Buskhill on the main road to Newry.
Tony Geraghty was 24 years old and a native of Crumlin, Dublin. He was lead guitarist with the band.
Brian McCoy was 32 years old and was married to Helen. They had two young children, Keith and Cheryl. They lived in Raheny, Dublin but Brian was a native of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. He was trumpeter and singer with the band.
Fran O'Toole was 28 years old and was married to Valerie. They had two young daughters, Rachel and Kelly. Fran was a native of Bray, Co. Wicklow. He was organist and lead singer with the band.
The Historical Enquiries Team was established by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to re-examine all deaths attributable to The Troubles between 1968 and 1998.
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