Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Miami Showband massacre. On 31st July 1975 the UVF staged a fake UDR roadblock and stopped the Miami Showband's bus. They loaded a bomb on board, intending to detonate it later to make it look as if the band was transporting bombs.
However it went off prematurely killing 2 of the UVF men. Other members of the UVF shot dead 3 of the band members. This is known as the "Miami Showband Massacre"
The UVF killed Fran O'Toole, Brian McCoy and Tony Geraghty. Stephen Travers was seriously wounded.
The Miami showband was one of Irelands premier bands.
Irish-Showbands.com is a website of outstanding merit. Make sure to pay a visit.