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Executed: Tom Williams and The IRA

Executed: Tom Williams and The IRA

Jim McVeigh

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Tom Williams was one of six IRA volunteers sentenced to death by hanging in 1942.

A group of eight, including two women, had mounted a diversionary operation to take attention away from the three Republican parades held in Belfast to celebrate the 1916 Easter Rising. All such parades had been banned under the Stormont regime since the partition of Ireland.

A police patrol managed to capture the group but not before an exchange of shots which resulted in the death of RUC constable Patrick Murphy. Although only eighteen at the time, Tom Williams who was in charge of the unit made a controversial statement to the police accepting full responsibility for the shooting.

Following a remarkable international reprieve campaign, the colonial Governor of Northern Ireland commuted five of the six death sentences, deciding that Tom Williams should hang. This is his story.

The author, Jim McVeigh was assisted by Joe Cahill, one of the those sentenced to death with Tom Williams, in piecing together the story

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Author Jim McVeigh
Publisher Beyond Endurance
Publication date 20 Sep 1999
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781900960052

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