The intriguing story of the Maamtreasna Murders will be shown tonight (April 4th) on TG4 at 9.30.
This is one of 27 different stories in a book called ‘Saints off Connemara Coast & Other Stories’ by Daniel Sammon, published in 2014. Copies of this book are still available in Charlie Byrne’s, Kenny’s of Galway, other bookshops and directly from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three men were hanged in 1882 by the British government in the present-day carpark at the cathedral in Galway for these horrendous crimes, but at least one of them was completely innocent. It is good to see Myles Joyce being posthumously pardoned and declared innocent by the Irish government, even after more than 135 years.
Daniel Sammon recently graduated with an MA in Writing (Hons) degree at NUIG. He is the author of four books including a book of poetry. He has Certificates of Distinction in Legal Studies, Accountancy & Taxation and Creative Writing. He lives in Renvyle where he is currently involved in the tourism business, taking visitors on history and heritage tours all over Ireland, especially Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and Dublin. He is presently working on his first novel, and immediately it’s finished he’s ready to start his PhD studies for a research programme at NUIG.