Six men watching a World Cup football match murdered in a UVF attack on a bar in the village of Loughinisland.
On the evening of 18 June 1994, 24 people in the remote rural village of Loughinisland in County Down gathered in The Heights Bar (also known as O'Toole's Pub) to watch the Republic of Ireland play Italy in the World Cup.
During the game, two Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) gunmen entered the bar and opened fire on those watching the game. Five men were killed and another died afterwards. The men who died were Adrian Rogan, Malcolm Jenkinson, Daniel McCreanor, Patrick O'Hare, Eamon Byrne and eighty-seven year old Barney Green. Five others were injured, the other four men are described as comfortable.
The owner of the bar Hugh O’Toole was not present, having left for Romania with some of his customers to help build an orphanage. His brother Kieran O’Toole says,
It's just beneath contempt the people who could carry out this type of thing.
The attack is thought to be a reprisal for an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) shooting in the Shankill in which two people died. The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Deputy Chief Constable Blair Wallace warns,
We are now in a spiral of tit for tat sectarian killings.
Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Cochrane condemns the men who committed the killings.
Obviously these people are psychopaths, nothing short of it and I feel shocked and disgusted to think that these people call themselves Loyalists.
Bishop of Down and Connor, Dr Patrick Walsh gave comfort to the bereaved and distressed in his diocese and expressed his anguish about the tragedy and for the families affected by the atrocity.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 June 1994. The reporter is Róisín Duffy.