Dublin Street Art - The Miami Showband
"Spit On Me Dickie"
The Miami Showband killings (also called the Miami Showband Massacre) was a bombing and shooting attack in Northern Ireland on 31 July 1975, against five members of the Miami Showband – one of Ireland's most popular cabaret bands – who were travelling home to Dublin by minibus. They were stopped at a bogus military checkpoint on the A1 road, at Buskhill, County Down, seven miles (11 km) north of Newry. Gunmen dressed in British Army uniform ordered them out of the minibus and to line-up by the roadside. Although some of the gunmen were members of the British Army's Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), all were members of a loyalist paramilitary group called the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). While two of the gunmen were hiding a time bomb on the minibus, it exploded prematurely and killed them. The remaining gunmen then opened fire on the band members, killing three and wounding two. Three serving UDR soldiers later received life sentences, having been found guilty of murder.
Allegations of collusion between British Military Intelligence and the loyalist paramilitaries, leading to the attack, persist. Former MI6 agent Captain Fred Holroyd claimed in his book War Without Honour that the killings were organised by British Army officer and member of 14th Intelligence Company, Captain Robert Nairac in collaboration with Robin Jackson and the UVF's Mid-Ulster Brigade, which Jackson commanded. This brigade was part of the Glenanne gang, a group of loyalist extremists which carried out a series of sectarian attacks and killings in the South Armagh and Mid Ulster areas of Northern Ireland in the 1970s.