George Galloway talks to Stephen Travers about the Miami Showband Massacre in 1975

Stephen Travers miraculously survived the massacre

Stephen Travers miraculously survived the massacre

Friday, December 29, 2017

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.

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My dilemma was do I get up on my knees and beg for my life or do I stay where I am and pretend to be dead
Stephen Travers