The Mullacreevie Park Massacre of INLA Volunteers Roddie Carroll & Seamus Grew
What has become known as ‘The Mullacreevie Park Massacre‘ tragically occurred on the 12th December 1982 when two unarmed INLA volunteers Seamus Grew and Roddy Carroll were shot dead by the RUC in Mullacreevie Park, Armagh city. Despite both men being totally unarmed, Roddy Carroll was shot from a distance of six feet while Seamus Grew was shot dead from a distance of two feet by the same RUC Constable, John Robinson, who claimed he had expected to find Dominic McGlinchey in the car that the two men were travelling in. Robinson, despite admitting to lying, fabricating evidence and altering notes was acquitted at the Crown court by judge MacDermott.
Although a relatively young man, Seamus Grew was an experienced INLA volunteer and no stranger to assassination attempts by Unionists bigots, both in and out of uniform. As the Irish Republican Socialist Movement’s Fallen Comrades webpages states:
“Grew had been in shot in the throat and captured in 1979 and sentenced to four years for INLA activities. He was released after serving two years and survived an assassination attempt by Protestant gunmen two months before he was killed.”
Roddie Carroll was only 21 but due to the intense nature of the INLA’s armed campaign against British imperialism in the occupied six counties, young men became experienced INLA volunteers. The Irish Republican Socialist Movement’s Fallen Comrades’ webpage states:
“Roddy Carroll, aged 21 and a member of the INLA (and claimed by security forces as the INLA’s top gunman in Armagh), was killed along with Seamus Grew when their car was fired on by two members of the RUC.“
E4a, Shoot To Kill and Stalker
It is now beyond dispute that a heavily armed, SAS-trained RUC unit known as E4a, who were operational most prominently in mid-Ulster during the early 1980s were engaged in what became known as a ‘Shoot to kill’ policy that claimed the lives of Irish Republicans and civilians alike. On 11th November 1982 Provisional IRA Volunteers Gervase McKerr, Sean Burns and Eugene Toman were shot dead in Lurgan, county Armagh. In April 1984 three members of the RUC E4a unit in mid-Ulster, 26-year-old Constable Frederick Robinson, 35-year-old Constable David Brannigan and 28-year-old Sergeant William Montgomery stood trial for Toman’s murder in front of Judge Gibson. All three E4a members were predictably acquitted with Gibson grotesquely commending Robinson for sending the unarmed IRA men to the ‘final court of justice‘ (a ‘court’ Gibson presumably became intimately acquainted with on the 27th of April, 1987, when a massive Provisional Irish Republican Army landmine exploded under his car, killing him and his wife ‘Lady’ Cecily Gibson.)
Later that month on the 24th November 1982, two young men, Michael Tighe and Martin McCauley, were shot at a hayshed which had been kept under surveillance by E4 RUC surveillance units on the Ballynerry Road North, Derrymacash, county Armagh. Tighe was shot dead and McCauley eventually recovered from his injuries, neither man was involved in the Irish Republican insurgency of the period.
Eventually the Greater Manchester Deputy Chief Constable, John Stalker, was instructed to carry out an inquiry into the three incidents involving the RUC E4a unit’s killing of six young men within the space of a month. By all accounts Stalker’s relatively equitable inquiry enraged the RUC and the north of Ireland’s counter-insurgency community who successfully conspired to have him replaced on the basis of fabricated evidence. Stalker had condemned the actions of the RUC as ‘out of control‘ and ‘more akin a central American banana republic!‘
Irish Republican Socialist Martyrs Roddie Carroll and Seamus Grew
The Manchester Guardian Weekly described the RUC E4a killers responsible for the deaths of INLA volunteers Roddie Carroll and Seamus Grew as no different from the death-squads operating in South America. Even though it is approaching 31 years since INLA Volunteers Roddie Caroll and Seamus Grew were murdered, they are forever honoured and remembered by their comrades in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement.
“Revolutionaries are dead men on leave” – Thomas Ta Power