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Decency of IRA man stopped cycle of killing during World War II

A garda's murder 75 years ago could have led to even more bloodshed but for an act of humanity

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Arrest: Pat O'Connell

Arrest: Pat O'Connell

Arrest: Pat O'Connell

The murder of Detective Sergeant Denis O'Brien, near his Dublin home on September 9, 1942 had severe repercussions, leading to the execution of Charlie Kerins, the young leader of the IRA. It might also have had further horrific consequences, were it not for the intervention of one those wanted for the murder.

Kerins, who was born in Tralee on January 23, 1918, joined the IRA in 1940. He rose precipitately within its ranks, largely due to the efficiency of the security forces.


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