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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Mercier Press; Unabridged edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856356930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856356930
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has it all-drama, intrigue and mystery as it uses newly available evidence to ask what really happened. -- Irish Voice "Irish Voice"

Essential for those interested in true crime mysteries ans early 20th-century Irish history. -- Library Journal "Library Journal"

About the Author

Facthna A" Drisceoil is a radio producer and TV reporter with RTAe. He has produced Today with Pat Kenny, The Dave Fanning Show, Saturday View, Drivetime, and Tonight with Vincent Browne. As a television reporter he has worked on Leargas, Scannal, Garda ar Lar, Oilean and Cead Cainte. He has an M.Phil in Irish studies from NUI Galway and a BA in Communications Studies from Dublin City University.


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There have been many books written in Ireland recently which lie in the genre of corruption/investigation of recent events. When Fatchna O Drisceoil published his book on such a subject, about an event which occurred 80 years ago in rural Ireland, I wondered would the historic nature of the event make the subject less interesting or immediate. What I found as I read the account was the opposite: O Drisceoil cleverly uses the passage of time to his advantage by presenting a brutally open and detailed account of the murder and shocking subsequent corrupt coverup which followed. Due to the passage of time, he is able to delve deep into Garda archives, which include the written notes of Gardai surrounding the scandal, from the local seargent who initially dealt with the case, all the way up to the commissioner, who became crucially involved as the case spiralled spectacularly out of control.
The Garda commissioner in question is Ireland's first: General O Duffy, and herein lies a sub-theme to the book, which is a fascinating insight into the characters who ruled the nascent Irish state.

It is 1930 and the Irish State is not yet 10 years old; the IRA is active across the country and the Gardai are a relatively new and inexperienced force. The Free State government are in power. Fianna Fail are about to emerge upon the irish political scene to begin a reign of power unparalleled in the western world to this day. The Catholic church rule with an iron fist. The landscape of rural Ireland is dominated by the pillars of society: the church, the school teacher, the Gardai.
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This is an interesting case of a Irish Postman who went missing while delivering the post on
the 25th December 1929. Larry Griffin had served in the British army in WW1 and been
injured. Not everyone in the village liked this, as this was not long after the fight for independance.
Did this have anything to do with it? Maybe not. It appears that Larry was a well liked man in the
village, so what went wrong. Did he have too much to drink and get in a fight in the pub, and
the landlord didn't want any trouble, as he was meant to be closed so they got rid of the body.
Did the Gardai take in to sleep of the drink and he woke up and fell downstairs, and they didn't
want to get in trouble for drinking in the barracks on Christmas day. There were a small group
of people charged with his murder, but never found guilty as there was no body. So where was
it and who killed him. At the end of the book the author gives us his idea of what happened
that night. Is it what the conclusion you come to. Read the book to find out.
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This is a well written, well researched book about a true happening. Sadly it refleects the power some can have within their own community, the cruelty of man and what he can do to his neighbour. Although the event happened one hundred years ago, could such a thing happen today in our our own personal life? Are we too, willing to hide from the truth, is there something in our life where we won't face reality? This book is an enthralling, compulsive read. Enjoy, be prepared to learn and to change.
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bought this book as i am interested in true, real-life events, particularly Irish ones, and this was recommended by Amazon based on previous purchases.

from the outset, it is a gripping portrayal and shows Irishness at its most pedantic. all through the book, the author comments that they cannot believe information was continually supressed and you feel that way too, and kind of sympathise with the victim and his family. it is kind of sad that even today the villagers do not like to speak of the incident. but, hey, that's the irish for you!

(as a matter of interest, i looked on daft.ie to see if any houses in the immediate area were for sale, purely to see how they differed from the photographs in the book and to see if i could recognise any of them, and the first property shown was the actual public house where the incident (allegedly) happened!)
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We all heard about this story at school and now it is great to see a forensic investigation into the mystery published. A very compelling account of what remains one of Ireland's great unsolved mysteries. The book also provides a great insight into the recently independent, impoverished Ireland of the times.
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I just didn't find this book interesting. The same story was told over and over and I just lost interest. There were so many names mentioned it became confusing. I liked the catch up at the end though.
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Sad but true story, would this silence happen today in Ireland i dont think so .Poor man and his family not knowing what happened to him .Dectective knowledge would not allow this to go away like it did then ,well written .
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What a terribly sad story which shows the people of the local area in Ireland in a very negative way. It is unbelievable that, rather than try to help Larry Griffin, they all covered up his death, ultimately to save their own skins. Appalling.
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