Thursday 29 September 2016

Anger as Harry Gleeson book names fathers of victim's illegitimate children

Independent.ie News Desk

Published 18/04/2015 | 12:02

Harry Gleeson
Harry Gleeson

A new book detailing the recent pardon of Harry Gleeson, who was hanged for a murder he did not commit, has caused uproar in Tipperary as it names the fathers of the illegitimate children of the murder victim.

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Moll McCarthy was shot dead in November 1940, and Mr Gleeson was hanged for her murder six months later after he discovered her body and reported it to Garda.

She had six children, born to at least five different married men – and it is the naming of these fathers, all of whom are long deceased, in ‘The Framing Of Harry Gleeson’ that has re-opened old wounds in the New Inn area in Tipperary.

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The children born from these men's marriages still live in the area and are believed to be furious over revelations their fathers had other children outside their marriages.

There were demands to see the book prior to its publication on the basis that it contained the names of these men, one of  whom the author believes was responsible for Ms McCarthy murder.

“It will cause some serious consternation in the area here,” said a local source.

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Reported in the Irish Examiner, one of the communications was made through a solicitor’s letter demanding prior viewing of the manuscript.

“[Moll] had different fathers for most, if not all, of the children,” author Kieran Fagan said.

“Obviously the descendants of those fathers are still living in the area and they don’t want it out there that their father or grandfather or uncle was having sexual relations with Moll McCarthy while married.”

“Then you also have the descendants of some of the instigators of the framing of Harry Gleeson and the cover-up involved in that.”

The naming of the fathers of Moll’s children is exacerbated by the fact that, one of them is fingered in the book as being involved in the murder.

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Harry Gleeson’s innocence was acknowledged by the Government last month following a review of the case.

He is to be awarded the first posthumous pardon in the State’s history.

The Framing Of Harry Gleeson by Kieran Fagan is published by Collins Press, priced at €12.99

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