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The Disappeared : Forced Disappearances in Ireland 1798-1998

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ISBN: 9781785375026
AuthorOg O Ruairc, Padraig
Pub Date15/02/2024
BindingPaperback
Pages400
CountryIRL
Dewey362.8893
Publisher: Merrion Press
Quick overview The spectre of ‘The Disappeared’, those abducted by the IRA, secretly executed and their bodies buried in remote bogs, lakes and woodlands, has overshadowed the debate around the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland for the last two decades.
€19.99

This book, the first of its kind, uncovers the extent to which ‘forced disappearances’ were part of the violent political conflicts that blighted Ireland for 200 years. Succeeding where attempts by the PSNI, journalists, and other historians had failed, Ó’Ruairc’s research led to the identification and recovery of a British soldier killed by the IRA. He reveals in this book the location of several other bodies that remain to be exhumed.

The Disappeared cuts through the exaggeration and myth that pervade the popular history of the Irish struggle for freedom. The author upends the commonly held belief that the Provisional IRA disappeared more victims than the ‘Good Old-IRA’ of the War of Independence, demonstrating that the vast majority of those 'disappeared' throughout Irish history happened long before the re-emergence of the tactic by the PIRA in the 1970s.

Behind each disappearance there is a face, a life story, and a family left searching for answers. Ó Ruairc deftly incorporates this human element, paying tribute to those who were disappeared on both sides of the conflict.

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This book, the first of its kind, uncovers the extent to which ‘forced disappearances’ were part of the violent political conflicts that blighted Ireland for 200 years. Succeeding where attempts by the PSNI, journalists, and other historians had failed, Ó’Ruairc’s research led to the identification and recovery of a British soldier killed by the IRA. He reveals in this book the location of several other bodies that remain to be exhumed.

The Disappeared cuts through the exaggeration and myth that pervade the popular history of the Irish struggle for freedom. The author upends the commonly held belief that the Provisional IRA disappeared more victims than the ‘Good Old-IRA’ of the War of Independence, demonstrating that the vast majority of those 'disappeared' throughout Irish history happened long before the re-emergence of the tactic by the PIRA in the 1970s.

Behind each disappearance there is a face, a life story, and a family left searching for answers. Ó Ruairc deftly incorporates this human element, paying tribute to those who were disappeared on both sides of the conflict.

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