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May-17-74: Anatomy of a Massacre

Wed 4 Sept, 2024,
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Date Wed 4 Sept, 2024, 8pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
Price €10
A black and white photograph of people running through a busy street. At the top in red is the text "May-17-74, Anatomy of a massacre". At the bottom in white is the text "A new film about the Dublin Monaghan bombings of May 1974".

From the award winning filmmakers of 406 Days - The Debenhams Picket Line comes the story of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings.

On the 17th May 1974 three no warning car bombs detonated in Dublin City Centre within three minutes of each other killing 27 people including an unborn baby, a French citizen and an Italian citizen and injuring 258 people.

Later that evening a no warning car bomb in Monaghan Town killed 7 more innocent people; in total 34 people died that summers day.

The Dublin Monaghan Bombings resulted in the greatest loss of life in any single day of the Troubles.

Within ten weeks the investigations into the bombings had been closed down by the state, nobody was ever charged, and the inquests into those killed on the streets of Dublin were not completed for 32 years.

Not one guard knocked on any of the survivors or bereaved families doors no one was interviewed and all the evidence sent North from the bombings was lost by the authorities in Northern Ireland.

In 1993 nearly two decades after the atrocities the Ulster Volunteer Force claimed sole responsibility, however given the sophistication of the attack the families and survivors have always believed there was British Military involvement.

Justice for the Forgotten was formed in 1996 by the bereaved families and survivors with the aim of campaigning for truth and justice for the victims of the bombings.

For five decades they have faced the wrath of two states in trying to seek the truth for their loved ones.

In this human interest feature length documentary the families and survivors talk about that tragic day and how they have fought for 50 years to try and find the truth.

Screening of film followed by a Q&A hosted by Ciaran O'Connor (RTE Radio Doc 'One Day in May') with Joe Lee (Director), Fergus Dowd (Producer), Margaret Urwin (Justice For The Forgotten Chairperson) & Bernie McNally (Survivor of the Bombings).


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