I am a native of Crossna, Boyle County Roscommon Ireland, a beautiful area near the shores of the magnificent lake, Lough Key. After my retirement from Primary Teaching in 2008, I decided to put into print the fascinating story of my Uncle, Patrick Moran. He was one of just a small number of men executed by hanging during the War of Independence (1919-1922)but whose story has never been told. During his life he was a committed trade unionist, a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association, an early recruit to the Irish Republican Brotherhood, an Irish Volunteer and from 1919 a member of the Irish Republican Army. He was a participant in the 1916 Rising (Jacob's Garrison), was imprisoned in Knutsford near Manchester and in Frongoch, North Wales and on his return to Dublin he continued his active involvement in all the above organisations. He took part in an operation directed by Michael Collins on Bloody Sunday, November 21 1920. He was in charge of the operation in the Gresham Hotel where two men thought to be British Secret Service agents were shot. He was convicted incorrectly for the Mount St operation and was sentenced to death and hanged on March 14 1921.
"Executed for Ireland. The Patrick Moran Story" explores his life from his early days in Crossna through his thirty three years up to his tragic death in 1921. He deserves to be remembered for his devotion to the causes of social justice and Irish Freedom.