I talked to Stephen Travers many times on the phone down the years, booking musicians for pubs in Holland Germany and England never knowing until recently who and what he went through.
I've talked to Stephen a few times also [I'm a friend of Johnny Fean with whom he now plays]. It's so sad to think that this tradegy could have been prevented if there had been a proper investigation into Dublin/Monaghan and other massacres which were perpetrated by the same Glenanne Gang.
"It is claimed in the Barron Report that Billy Hanna had asked James Mitchell for permission to use his farm as a UVF arms dump and bomb-making site. Information that Loyalist paramilitaries were regularly meeting at the farm appeared on Army Intelligence documents from late 1972. According to submissions received by Mr Justice Barron, the Glenanne farm was used to build and store the bombs that exploded in Dublin and Monaghan. The report claims they were placed onto Robin Jackson's poultry lorry, driven across the border to a carpark, then activated by Hanna and transferred to three allocated cars. These cars exploded almost simultaneously in Dublin's city centre at about 5.30pm during evening rush hour, killing 26 civilians. Ninety minutes later a fourth car bomb exploded in Monaghan, killing another seven civilians."
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