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A new documentary presents chilling evidence of official collusion in the 1994 massacre at  Loughinisland

31 Oct 2017 / film Print

Massacred in cold blood

A new documentary names those responsible for, but never charged with, the grisly massacre of six innocent Catholics at Loughinisland, Co Down, in June 1994. 

In No Stone Unturned, a gripping non-fiction murder mystery, Academy-Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney reopens the case and, through dogged investigative journalism, identifies the gunmen. 


The murky world of touts and counter-intelligence is the backdrop to the failed investigation into the attack. Masked gunmen sprayed O’Toole’s bar with assault rifles on the night that Ireland beat Italy one-nil in the 1994 World Cup first round game, killing six and injuring five soccer fans enjoying a quiet drink and watching the match. 

They were targeted, it was later claimed, in revenge for an earlier killing of three UVF members in the Shankill in Belfast. 

The six dead men had no connection with terrorism. No Stone Unturned alleges that the gunman on the night was a former British soldier previously involved in several other murders and that the massacre was covered up by the authorities because one of the gunmen was working as an informer.


In a startling scene, the named killer is revealed in video footage, alongside his wife who has remained with him, despite previously writing an anonymous letter to police, identifying him and revealing she was an accomplice to the murder conspiracy. 

Solicitor to the families Niall Murphy details the many serious flaws in the investigation, such as the physical destruction of the getaway car and the lack of forensic examination of the field where evidence was dumped. Despite the written confession to conspiracy to murder by the wife of the main gunman, no charges were ever brought. 

No Stone Unturned is a suspenseful and profoundly effective true crime investigation from Academy-Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney. 

His exhaustive inquiry uncovers a shocking case of collusion and cover-up. The documentary includes numerous interviews with families of the victims, case investigators and committed journalists. 

No Stone Unturned opens in cinemas on 10 November

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