11 November 2005

South Armagh History - Edentubber Martyrs

Burns and Moley

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Left top: Vol. Paul Smith - Bessbrook, Co. Armagh. Right top: Vol. George Keegan - Co. Wexford.
Left bottom: Vol. Paddy Parle - Co. Wexford. Centre bottom: Their friend Michael Watters - Co. Louth. Right bottom: Vol. Oliver Craven - Newry, Co. Armagh.

At 12.50am on the morning of November 11th 1957, five Republicans met their death on a lonely hillside near Carrickaman frontier post overlooking the Louth/ Armagh border. History books record that the five died when a bomb exploded prematurely in a two roomed slated house at the foot of the Mourne mountains. As part of the Irish Republican Army's 'border campaign' (1956-62) which had earlier that year claimed the lives of the famous Sean Sabhat from Garryowen and Feargal O'hAnluain, the unit had planned to attack the six county statelet's communications network. The intended target for the bomb was a bridge and telephone exchange.

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