Prisoner 1082: Escape From Crumlin Road, Europe's Alcatraz
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Prisoner 1082: Escape From Crumlin Road, Europe's Alcatraz

by Donal Donnelly
     
 

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On St Stephen’s Day 1960 Dónal Donnelly made his dramatic escape from the prison known as ‘Europe’s Alcatraz’. Using hack–saw blades, torn sheets and electric flex, Dónal broke out of Crumlin Road Prison, running the gauntlet of searchlights, alarms and machine–gun nests. Three years earlier, the teenage

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On St Stephen’s Day 1960 Dónal Donnelly made his dramatic escape from the prison known as ‘Europe’s Alcatraz’. Using hack–saw blades, torn sheets and electric flex, Dónal broke out of Crumlin Road Prison, running the gauntlet of searchlights, alarms and machine–gun nests. Three years earlier, the teenage Dónal had been convicted of membership of the IRA in the first year of ‘Operation Harvest’. He was sentenced to ten years. This is the story of how he overcame many hurdles to live a successful, happy life.

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This was first published in Ireland, where its historic significance should have made it a best seller. In the United States, it must stand on its own merits: a readable writing style and a rousing description of Donnelly's escape from prison. In 1957, 18-year-old Donnelly was arrested for his participation in the Irish Republican Army and sent to Crumlin Road, called Europe's Alcatraz. After serving three years of a ten-year sentence, he planned and executed a daring escape. Donnelly gives a vivid picture of life inside the prison and a stirring account of how he broke out. In the remainder of the book, he reveals how he has fared in civilian life, where he was active in campaigns for social justice, and his later experiences as a buyer for a multinational company and a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Material Management. VERDICT For students of Irish history, criminal justice zealots, and readers who enjoy an action-packed saga.—Frances Sandiford, formerly with Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, NY

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ISBN-13:
9781848890312
Publisher:
Collins Press, The
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.66(d)

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