Friday 16 November 2018

Why bodies buried deep in the green bog must be raised

SUNDAY Today's Sunday Times recycles attacks by amateur historian Pat Muldowney (who is actually a lecturer in mathematics), and local historian Philip McConway on producer Niamh Sammon's widely praised RTE programme on the killing of the Pearson brothers at Coolacrease, Co Offaly, in June 1921.

Back when Alan Ruddock was Ireland editor, that paper would have pointed up the common link between Coolacrease and Cullyhanna, between the murders of the Pearsons and the murder of Paul Quinn -- a criminal gang using the IRA as a cloak for their criminality.

At first sight it would seem hard to deny the facts of the murders at Coolacrease. A gang of 30 IRA men, in broad daylight, dragged out Richard and Abraham Pearson, two members of the pacifist Cooneyite sect, and shot them in the groin and abdomen -- as the family later testified -- in full sight of their mother and sisters.

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