The scene of the overnight 31st July 1975 incident in which 3 members of the Rep of Ireland based Miami Showband and 2 members of the Ulster Defence Regiment died. The showband members were travelling home after appearing at the Castle Ballroom in Banbridge, Co Down, N Ireland when they were stopped at what they thought was a legitimate army vehicle check. The bandsmen were standing outside the vehicle while it was being searched when the bomb which the two soldiers were planting in the vehicle exploded prematurely killing them.  Another solder then opened fire killing 3 band members and injuring two others. It transpired that all the UDR checkpoint solders were also members of the Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force, the UVF. The UVF intention was that the bomb would explode later as the band travelled south and they would then be accused of carrying bombs for the Provisional IRA.<br />
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The scene of the overnight 31st July 1975 incident in which 3 members of the Rep of Ireland based Miami Showband and 2 members of the Ulster Defence Regiment died. The showband members were travelling home after appearing at the Castle Ballroom in Banbridge, Co Down, N Ireland when they were stopped at what they thought was a legitimate army vehicle check. The bandsmen were standing outside the vehicle while it was being searched when the bomb which the two soldiers were planting in the...
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