No Stone Unturned

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Naming three suspects: Ronald Hawthorn, Alan Taylor and Gorman McMullen[1]

No Stone Unturned is an in-depth look at the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre, where six Irishmen were murdered, presumably by a Unionist paramilitary group, while watching the World Cup at the local pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.[2]


On 18 June 1994 in the small village of Loughinisland, County Down, three gunmen burst into a pub with assault rifles and fired on the customers, killing six civilians and wounding five. The pub was crowded with people watching the Republic of Ireland team playing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. No one has ever spent a day in prison for this, one of the more awful crimes of the Irish “Troubles". In the film, Director Alex Gibney ignites a fire under this cold case that has frustrated the victims’ families for more than 20 years. Through interviews with victims’ families, former terrorists, officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and other government officials as well as piecing together official documents and previously uncharted leaks of information, Gibney explores the incongruities of the case and connects the dots between mass murder and official malfeasance, between memory and sanctioned amnesia. The film is a tour de force of investigative journalism and cinematic realism. A real-life mystery and tragedy dealing with neighbours murdering neighbours, a government betraying its people, and the survivors living with the ever-present fear that the person next to them on the grocery line might the killer of their father, husband or brother.[3]

2017 release postponed

The documentary was originally scheduled for an initial release at the 2017's Tribeca Film Festival but due to legal issues surrounding the subject matter of the film, the producers decided to withdraw the film from the competition.

2018 arrests

Producer Trevor Birney and journalist Barry McCaffrey were arrested in August 2018 on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act 1989.[4]

Director Alex Gibney declared in a 2019 article for the New York Review of Books:

"Police, confronted with compelling evidence of likely suspects in a grisly mass murder, avoided reckoning with the homicides and sought instead to harass filmmakers for trying to reveal the truth".[5]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey were arrested after their Loughinisland Massacre documentary premieredArticle25 March 2019Kerry O'SheaAmnesty International: “We are concerned that the arrest of these journalists, in connection with their work investigating grave human rights abuses within the UK, undermines freedom of expression and freedom of the press."
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