Belfast Telegraph

Memorial is unveiled to slain Reavey brothers

By Adrian Rutherford

A memorial has been unveiled in memory of three brothers murdered by loyalists more than 40 years ago.

John Martin, Brian and Anthony Reavey were shot dead in their home at Whitecross in south Armagh by the UVF in January 1976.

It came a day before the Kingsmill massacre and was part of a vicious cycle of violence then gripping Northern Ireland.

Unveiling the memorial on Saturday, Eugene Reavey said he was delighted to see a large attendance at the short ceremony at Greyhilla, Whitecross.

"This monument is a fitting tribute to three young men whose only crime was to play Gaelic football," he said. "Today we remember the Reavey brothers with great pride."

The day after the Reavey brothers were killed, 10 Protestant workmen were murdered by the IRA at Kingsmill. Two people survived, including Alan Black, who was shot 18 times and left for dead.

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