EXECUTED The life and death of Tom Williams

Author: McVeigh (Jim)
Year: 2013
Publisher: Flash Publications
Edition Details: Reprint (1st pub. 1999)
Book Condition: NrF
ISBN: 9781900960052
Price: 7.00
Paperback. Reprint. Foreword by Joe Cahill. Tom Williams was one of 6 IRA volunteers sentenced to death by hanging in 1942. A group of 8, including 2 women, had mounted a diversionary operation to take attention away from 3 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 and the introduction of the Civil Authorities (Special Powers) Act of 1922. 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 18yrs old, Tom Williams was in charge of the unit and in a controversial statement to the police he assumed full responsibility for the shooting. Following a remarkable international reprieve campaign, the colonial Governor of Northern Ireland commuted 5 of the 6 death sentences to terms of penal servitude. But the British had decided that Tom Williams should hang. Although Tom Williams is remembered in song, an exhibition and a play, his story had never before appeared in print. Just a boy of 19yrs Tom Williams was the youngest person to be hanged in Crumlin Road Gaol. The author, himself a former republican prisoner, has pieced together a revealing account of the fateful operation and its aftermath. He has been assisted by leading Republican Joe Cahill, one of those sentenced to death with Tom Williams. Illus., Appendix + Footnotes and Sources. 121pp. p/back. With signs of b/plate removal inside fr. cover o/w Nr. F. with no creasing to covers.


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