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Friday 22 March 2019

TV show focuses on Garda murder

BOTCHED 1924 BANK ROBBERY RECREATED AROUND BALTINGLASS

THE FINAL episode of a TG4 docudrama series features the historical murder of a member of the Gardai in Baltinglass in January 1924.

Garda Patrick O'Halloran was shot as he gave chase to two raiders attempting to escape from the scene of a botched bank raid at the National Bank in Baltinglass, now the Bank of Ireland.

On Tuesday May 10 at 10 p.m. the final episode of the Ceart agus Coir series will re-enact the murder. Midas Productions filmed the re-enactment earlier in the year in the exact same spot on the bridge on the Main Street of Baltinglass where the murder initially took place.

The story focuses on Felix McMullen, who was 26 years old when he was convicted of killing civic guard, Patrick O'Halloran, while attempting to escape after the bank robbery in Baltinglass. After two trials, McMullen was hanged on August 1, 1924.

Peter Jordan, who also took part in the raid was 29 years old and had also been a Captain of the Special Infantry Corps. He was in the 'old IRA' and was a National School teacher.

A doctor attended Guard O'Halloran at the scene. A bullet had entered through his abdomen and exited through the top of his right buttocks. At the scene, O'Halloran was in a weak, collapsed condition and complained of great pain.

The day after he was shot O'Halloran, succumbed to his injuries in the Curragh Military Hospital.

He died as a result of several internal injuries caused by the bullet wound. His bladder had been pierced and the abdomen was full of blood, he bled profusely especially from the bladder wound. He died at 3 p.m. the day after the attack.

The episode will be repeated on Monday May 16 at 11.55 p.m..

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