Quiet Man: Donegal's bad cop who refused to become a snitch
NYPD's Peter Daly was involved in cracking a major drugs case in the Big Apple, but when some of the haul went missing, he was fingered. He tells his story in a new book.
"The ship (from Ireland) arrived in New York eight days later… gliding past the Statue of Liberty and the array of towering skyscrapers, dominated by the triumphant spire of the Empire State Building. It was a breathtaking sight. To me, there was no greater metropolis than New York City."
These are the words of Peter Daly, rhapsodising about the first view of the NYC skyline in his just-released memoir, The 100 Kilo Case. A native of Ballyshannon in Co Donegal, he was just 19 when he left Ireland for a new life Stateside in September 1952.
By the time he returned to his native land, 39 years later, he'd lived a life so full of incident, high drama and outlandish cops-n-robbers characters that it seemed like something straight out of The Sopranos or Goodfellas rather than reality.