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Mountbatten bomber silent on Prince Charles visit

NewsBy Steven Moore
Coward: Bomber Tommy McMahon
Coward: Bomber Tommy McMahon
News hero KARL - MOUNTBATTEN BOMBER.jpg
News hero KARL - MOUNTBATTEN BOMBER.jpg

Tommy McMahon slammed the door on his notorious past this week.

The IRA assassin had nothing to say about plans for Prince Charles to visit the scene of his uncle’s death when the Sunday World called at his Carrickmacross home.
 
Charles is expected in Ireland next month to take a poignant pilgrimage to the harbour where Lord Mountbatten was blown to bits by McMahon’s bomb aboard the Shadow V yacht.
 
McMahon had nothing to say when asked if he would apologise for killing the Prince of Wales’ uncle. A teenage girl and boy also died in the blast which claimed four lives.
 
The Sunday World tracked down the 67-year-old killer to his home on the outskirts of the Co. Monaghan town. Last year we revealed how he was working as an election campaigner for Sinn Fein.
 
But despite Gerry Adams saying the visit would be “an occasion to promote reconciliation, respect and understanding”, the 5ft former terrorist refused to even speak to us.
 
And the cowardly killer refused to offer any words of regret for his crimes.
 
 
McMahon is the only person to be convicted of the callous killings.
 
He is supposed to be a ‘man-of-peace’ these days and Gerry Adams has defended his role within Sinn Fein. McMahon is a carpenter by trade and since being released from serving 20 years in jail for the killings he has rebuilt his life in the countryside.
 
We found him in a large bungalow tucked away down a dead-end laneway in the sleepy townland of Lisanisk. McMahon answered the door cautiously and after confirming who he was quickly slammed it shut when we realised what we wanted to talk about.
 
This week it was announced that Prince Charles will make an historic visit to Ireland in four weeks. He will also travel north of the border as part of a four-day visit from May 19-23.
 
It’s believed he will pay his respects with a visit to Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979.
 
McMahon was one of the IRA’s most experienced bomb makers and it was he who built the bombs which killed four people including Lord Mountbatten in August 1979.