.......Back in Dublin in the early 1940's , Jackie Griffith was a member of the Dublin Brigade IRA ; his involvement was known by the Free Staters .......
When he was 21 years young( in 1942) he was jumped-on by at least three men in Benburb Street , in Dublin - he fought with them as best he could but was overpowered eventually . They were from the Special Branch (political police) and they arrested him . The Branchmen were apparently aware that , a few days before they jumped him , Jackie Griffith had , on behalf of the IRA , purchased a number of weapons from a Free State soldier who had removed them from the Free State Army Barracks at Islandbridge in Dublin .
His grandparents house in Ringsend was raided and about forty revolvers and ammunition for same was found ; Jackie Griffith was prosecuted before a Free State Military Court in Collins Barracks and was sentenced to thirty-three years in Mountjoy Jail .
He was not the only Republican prisoner in that prison at the time - and all wanted out to carry on the fight . A plan of escape was put together ....... (MORE LATER).
WHERE MOUNTAINY MEN HAVE SOWN :
war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.
By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.
".......We were on our way - through the meadow , pass the small bog , and out on to the Lios Bui road at Judy's Gully......."
" We kept to the road , and passed southwards to Ahacunna and crossed the Toon Road and river at Doire Airgid Bridge . That lovely road led upwards through the rocks and groves of Doire Airgid , through Cluan Siar and Cooleen of the hazel glens , until it brought us out on the main Macroom-Inchigeela road at Ros Mor . Near here we met the others , who had preceded us , and we all moved on to Carraigacurra . Here some were directed to cross the River Lee and go westwards by the fields until they reached positions immediately across the road from the RIC Barracks .
With these went my uncle and I . The others went on to the village to meet some men from Ballingeary and to close in from the north and west . Groups were detached to block roads and hold the barricades against enemy interference . The RIC Barracks , a detached building , stood on the road side , facing east . It overlooked a field across the road from it . We came from the southern side of that field and passed by the front of the barracks , sheltered by the road fence . With two others , I was allotted a position in a gateway , with a slanting view of the front of the barracks . My uncle was nearer the barracks , behind the road fence . We had got into our places silently and no one was the wiser .
It had been impressed on every man engaged in the actual encircling movement that no one was to make a move which would betray our presence to the enemy ......." (MORE LATER).
THE BUTCHER BOYS .
FROM THE BOOK ' The Shankill Butchers : A Case Study of Mass Murder ' , by Martin Dillon . Published by HUTCHINSON .
(Reviewed by Niall O'Flynn , and published in ' The Evening Press ' newspaper , Tuesday , 1st August , 1989 , page 6 ).
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A murderer at the age of 20 , the use of a knife was to become the trademark of Hugh Leonard Thompson Murphy , the leader of The Shankill Butchers . A flamboyant womaniser , only five-foot-six tall , Lennie Murphy began his bullyboy 'career' early . Ironically nicknamed " Murphy the Mick " by his primary-school classmates on account of his Catholic-sounding surname , he was a belligerent child who , by the age of ten , was threatening other children and relieving them of their pocket-money at knifepoint .
He ran rackets even at school - threatening other pupils , stealing their meal tickets and selling them to other boys at a reduced rate . He first came to the notice of the RUC at 12 years of age , when he was convicted of shopbreaking and larceny ........