DOCUMENTARY FOR TG4

The latest documentary produced by Ballybay native Deaglan O Mochain (Declan Moen) is to be screened on TG4 on Tuesday 25th October. “An Radharc na Sul” (Out of Sight Out of Mind) provides an insight into how three murders committed over two days in Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh in October 1972 left a border community in turmoil. On Sunday 22nd October Robin Bell, a member of the UDR (Ulster Defence Regiment) was shot dead a few miles outside Newtownbutler. The following day Monday 23rd October a local man found the bodies of Michael Naan and Andrew Murray on the Naan family farm a few fields away from Robin Bells home. These gruesome murders were referred to in the press as “the Pitchfork Murders” because of the stab wounds to the bodies of both men. Local historian Clones native Brian Mc Donald who now lives in Rockcorry researched, compiled and published “the Pitchfork Murders”. In 1978 a former soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Regiment reported to Police in England that he suspected his former colleague in the army may be the “Yorkshire Ripper” because he had witnessed him stabbing Naan and Murray in Northern Ireland six years earlier. As a result of this disclosure by a comrade four soldiers were convicted for their role in the murders. Stan Hathaway was sentenced to life imprisonment. “An Radharc na Sul” will be screened in Clones Courthouse on Friday 28th October at 8pm as part of the Clones Film Festival. Further information is available at www.clonesfilmfestival.com . Decland Moen is a son of Nancy and the late John Moen.