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'Glenanne gang murders case file was a page and a half... we felt their lives were seen as worthless,' says Eugene Reavey

45 years ago today, gunmen murdered three of Eugene Reavey's brothers in one of a series of atrocities shrouded in collusion and cover-up. Suzanne Breen reports

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Eugene Reavey at the graves of his brothers

Eugene Reavey at the graves of his brothers

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Eugene Reavey at the graves of his brothers

A warm welcome always awaited Eugene Reavey at the Glenanne farm. He would sit at the big wooden table in the kitchen, checking the paperwork, as farmer James Mitchell chatted away. The young housekeeper, Lily Shields, would bring them mugs of tea and freshly baked bread or currant scones.

The pair knew Eugene was a Catholic, but it didn't seem to matter.

"They were warm and friendly," he recalls. "James was a typical big oul' farmer in his mid-50s. He'd talk about tractors or cattle sales, never politics. Lily was a fair-haired, good looking girl in her early twenties. Maybe not the brightest, but a hard worker and very pleasant. I can still see her warming herself at the stove.


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