Murder of Camlough man recalled
The murder of Camlough man Martin Rowland on October 5th 1979 was recalled during a walk by Camlough Heritage Society members last week.
Members of the Society visited the memorial erected to remember Martin and four others from the locality, John Cosgrove (June 1921), Patrick Quinn (July 6th1921) Patrick Creegan (June 13th 1922) and Thomas Crawley (June 13th 1922), all who had been murdered in similar circumstances.
Commenting on Martins death Des Murphy Chairperson of the Heritage Group stated,
“Martin was just 26 when he was cruelly murdered. There is compelling evidence that members of British state forces in particular RUC Officers and UDR soldiers in collusion with unionist death squads carried out significant numbers of sectarian murders in the south Armagh area, and many here in his home village of Camloch believe these dark forces were behind Martins death.
“His murder was a desperate blow for his family and the community and it is important that he and all those who died in such circumstances are remembered and that it is also essential that the web of collusion and cover up is untangled.”