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Thread #35901   Message #493169
Posted By: ard mhacha
27-Jun-01 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Smashing of the GLASGOW van
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Smashing of the GLASGOW van
Hello Big Tim, Some more info` on the "Glasgow Van". In a book published by Anvil Books Ltd Tralee, [1971], various writers gave their accounts of IRA Jailbreaks. The book is entitled"The Complete book of IRA Jailbreaks 1918-1921. Frank Carty an IRA escapee [1921] from Derry Jail had made his way to Glasgow to train local IRA men. He was captured in a raid by the Glasgow Police and gave a false name. Knowing that it would only be a matter of time before the Police discovered his true identity, the Glagow IRA made plans to rescue him. In the ensuing rescue attempt a Police Inspector was shot and killed, also a Police Sergeant was wounded. Twenty four persons were charged with having attacked the Black Maria, included were six women and a Priest Father McCrory. All were acquitted after a short hearing for lack of evidence. Frank Carty was sentenced to ten years penal servitude. May 4th 1921. Ard Mhacha