From the book
suddenness of the punch had caught me off guard
I knew then
that something was definitely wrong.`
On 31 July 1975, members of The Miami Showband were returning to
Dublin after a gig in Banbridge when they were stopped at a
border checkpoint. For Stephen Travers, the band`s new bass
player, it was an unusual experience but he wasn`t too worried.However,
as the musicians were lined up beside their
vehicle Stephen noticed that the atmosphere had suddenly
......something more sinister was happening. In a flash
their lives were dramatically altered when a bomb that was being
placed in the back of their van suddenly exploded prematurely.
The events of that night would never leave Stephen Travers
being hurled into the air by the explosion, listening to the
cries of his friends as they were mercilessly gunned down and
the steps of the gunmen getting closer as they approached to
finish him off
What is it like to survive such an atrocity? To live when all
around you others died?
In The Miami Showband Massacre, Stephen Travers remembers the
highs of being in the most successful showband of the 1970s and
how it all ended in a terrifying moment of death and
destruction. But he also looks for answers as to why his friends
Tony Geraghty, Fran O`Toole and Brian McCoy were killed.
Who ordered the ambush?
What drove them to such an act? Stephen wants to understand, but
will he find the answers when he meets the men responsible for
the massacre face to face?
Read about and see Video Clips, on this site, from the Miami
Remembrance Night Concert which was held in Vicar St,
Dublin in August 2005.