Bullets from Ben Dunne’s Kidnappers, 1981
The bullets given to Ben Dunne before his release by the IRA
On the 16th of October, 1981, Ben Dunne Jnr. was kidnapped by the IRA on his way to open a new Dunnes Store in Portadown. Before his release on the 22nd of October, two of his abductors gave him some bullets and told him that they could easily have been used – one on him and the other on Fr. Dermot McCarthy.
Fr. McCarthy had tried to secure Dunne’s release, making a plea on television and at one point meeting with Dunne’s kidnappers. McCarthy was nearly shot in crossfire. After his release, Ben Dunne mounted the bullets on a piece of stone from the cemetery in Armagh where he had been held captive.
With thanks to Mark Dunne
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