Even-handed documentary

ISN’T IT amazing how apologists for brutality and violence react when their myths are exploded and the contents laid bare for all to see.

If we are to believe what Pat Muldowney regards as the ‘true’ story of the Coolacrease murders (Letters, October 29), we would have to stretch credulity to the nth degree.

The Hidden History makers deserve full credit for their even-handed and professional portrayal of the events that led up to the agonising death of two young Protestant farmers in Co Offaly in 1921.

Mr Muldowney says, “The report of the British Military Court of Inquiry, held on July 2, 1921, in Crinkle Military Barracks, Birr, agrees with the Hidden History version in only one respect — that the two men were shot by the IRA.”

With respect, that is about all the British inquiry was likely to elicit from a close-knit community, where an IRA ‘fatwa’ was all-embracing. The IRA murder machine was flexing its muscle then just as it is still doing today. And, as we all know, its ability to concoct stories to excuse savagery is legendary.

For those who still need reminding on that score, just recall how Robert McCartney was savagely murdered by the mob and in clear view of many witnesses, yet all we have had since is silence.

And there is still a wall of silence around Joe Rafferty in Dublin, and the latest atrocity on farmland — the brutal beating to death of Paul Quinn — this time in Co Monaghan.

I would hope that the Aubane Historical Society will be more accurately informed on the history of the early 21st century than it is on the early 20th century.

Niall Ginty

59 The Demesne


Dublin 5

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