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Last weekend some of the biggest names in Irish music
from the 1970s got together in a sellout concert to
remember The Miami Showband who were ruthlessly
murdered by the UVF 30 years ago...
DREW @ MIAMI SHOWBAND GIG
have been so many horrific examples of terrorism both
north and south of the border by both Loyalists and
Republicans during The Troubles over the past 30 something
years - but the ruthless murder of three members of
the Miami Showband is up there as one of the most
DREW & RED HURLEY @ MIAMI SHOWBAND GIG
years later the two surviving members Stephen Travers
and Des Lee gathered with a some of the biggest
names from that era to remember Fran O’Toole, Brian
McCoy and Tony Geraghty.
TRAVERS & DES LEE @ MIAMI SHOWBAND GIG
this week The Miami Showband were returning from performing
at a dance in Banbridge, Co Down when their bus was
flagged down by UVF men dressed in army uniforms...
COULTER & GERALDINE BRANNIGAN @ MIAMI SHOWBAND
attempting to plant a bomb on their bus it prematurely
exploded killing two of the UVF terrorists - before
fleeing they opened fire on the members of the Miami
Showband leaving them dead or dying in a ditch.
BOWYER & DAUGHTER @ MIAMI SHOWBAND GIG
now thirty years on the events of that night still
send a shiver-down-the-spine but it was great to see
Vicar Street packed to the rafters with people both
happy and sad remembering the showband era in Ireland...
INDIANS @ MIAMI SHOWBAND GIG
such as The Indians, The Memories, The Conquerors
with the likes of Ronnie Drew, Kelley, Brendan
Bowyer, Red Hurley, Phil Coulter, Ronan Collins and
many more lifted the roof off Vicar Street on Monday
COLLINS @ MIAMI SHOWBAND GIG
people at the concert said the tickets were like "gold-dust"
and that there could have easily been a second or
third night added... Perhaps this could mean a showbands
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