On the 27 November 1980, Peter Pringle waited in an Irish court to hear the following words: `Peter Pringle, for the crime of capital murder ... the law prescribes only one penalty, and that penalty is death.'The problem was that Peter did not commit this crime.
Organized crime took hold in Ireland and soon armed robberies, kidnappings and murder became commonplace. This book traces how the hugely lucrative drug trade that then emerged led to the gang wars that have corroded communities and devastated countless lives. It describes in gripping detail the shocking depths to which the mobsters have sunk.
At Christmas 1997, a local priest Fr Eugene Greene reported to the Gardai that a man had tried to blackmail him. His hubris set in motion a Garda investigation which revealed him as a serial child sex abuser for decades. As word of the investigation spread, 26 men came forward. Most were from the tiny Gaeltacht parish of Gort an Choirce.
The Cold Case Files is the latest behind-the-scenes book from Ireland's most respected crime journalist, Barry Cummins. With unparalleled access to the Garda Cold Case Unit, Cummins explores the new investigations into some of Ireland's oldest and most shocking unsolved murders.
Twenty-nine people convicted of murder were hanged by the Irish State: the executions were carried out in Mountjoy by the Pierrepoint family. The last met his fate in 1954 but the often shocking stories of these men and one woman have been largely forgotten. Here, for the first time, are their tragic stories, some in graphic detail.
Philip Bray joined the Irish prison service in 1977, working in Limerick Prison. His book offers a bridge between the Ireland of yesterday and the Ireland of today in this intriguing account of life in the prison service in one of the most turbulent eras in recent history.
Re-print, originally published in 2017. When John Cuffe entered Mountjoy as a young prison officer in May 1978, he stepped back into Victorian times. He knew nothing about jails, apart from what he had seen in black-and-white films on RTE: 'good' sheriffs and 'bad' hombres. Here, he reveals the raw truth of thirty tough years on the inside. Join him on a vivid, eye-opening journey .
In November 1940 the body of Moll McCarthy, an unmarried mother of seven, was found in a field in Tipperary. She had been shot. The man who reported the discovery was her neighbour Harry Gleeson. Within three months, he was convicted by an all-male jury. Within five months, he was hanged. But he was innocent, the victim of a local conspiracy.