On the way home that night through south Armagh Sean Farmer and Colm McCartney were stopped at what later transpired to be a bogus security forces checkpoint. Less than an hour later, their bodies were found at the side of the road in the townland of Altnamackin, a few miles outside Newtownhamilton. This book is the first attempt to tell the men's story. It is a vividly imagined re-creation of the time and circumstances of the murders coupled with an examination of their factual background. The murders were particularly significant because they represented the first time that the GAA had found itself targeted by terrorists in such a public and blatant way. Many more attacks on its members would follow in the next two decades. At its core this book reveals both the human stories of loss behind the headlines that the murders generated and the inadequate official investigation which followed. But above everything else this is the story of the lives and deaths on a country road in rural Armagh of Sean and Colm, two friends on their way home from a football match.


'Serious title, serious subject but well worth it'

- Clare People


'A harrowing insight to the day two GAA fans lost their lives'

- Irish News


Desmond Fahy is a Belfast-based barrister. Formerly a columnist with The Irish Times, he is also the author of How the GAA Survived the Troubles.

About the Author

Desmond Fahy is a barrister living in Belfast. He is married with three children, two boys and a girl. He previously worked as a print journalist with The Irish Times and a broadcast journalist and producer with UTV.