A survivor of the Miami Showband Massacre has given talkRADIO a vivid and powerful account of the night three of his closest friends were murdered in front of his eyes.
Stephen Travers was travelling back from a gig with four members of Miami Showband, a popular Irish cabaret troupe, back in 1975. Their van was flagged down at what they believed to be a legitimate checkpoint in County Down, and just minutes later three of the group dead, mowed down in a gun and bomb attack by Ulster Volunteer Force paramilitaries.
Stephen miraculously survived, despite being shot with dum-dum bullets. But the experience left him scarred; for years afterwards he'd check under his car for signs of bombs.
Speaking to George Galloway, he gave a blow-by-blow retelling of the tragedy, a compelling and horrific insight into the consequences of bigotry.