Item 721 - Joe Cahill : A life in the IRA

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Joe Cahill : A life in the IRA


  • early 21st Century (created)

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Acquisition method: Gift ; Received from: Joe Cahill ; Date received: 29/11/2002 ; Received by: Buyi Sishuba ; Date accepted: 29/11/2002 ; Date documented: 26/06/2007 ; Documented by: Stephanie Nemcsok ; Datebase update: 26/06/2007

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Joe Cahill passed away in July, 2004. Born in Belfast in 1920, he was an IRA activist all his life. In this extensive authorized biography, he gives his full and frank story, his viewpoint, and his experiences This extraordinary journey mirrors the growth, changes and development of the republican movement as a whole through more than sixty years of intense involvement. His experiences range from Northern Irish prison cells of the 1940s, surviving a death sentence, to Washington when the Good Friday Agreement was being negotiated. He tells of his arms deal with Gaddafi, and the fateful voyage of the Claudia ; Bloody Sunday and the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin ; the high-drama helicopter escape of IRA prisoners from Portlaoise Jail, and his rise through the ranks of the organization and deportation to the U. S.

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Size: 24.5 cm x 16.6 cm x 4.3 cm
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Brendan Anderson (author)
Place published: Dublin, Ireland
Publisher: The O'Brien Press
ISBN: 0-86278-674-6
early 21st Century


A duplicate entry for this item existed as G1684[LIB]. That record has been deleted from the database.


Joe Cahill died in July 2004. The book was given to Madiba in 2002.


The book is written by Brendan Anderson, about Joe Cahill. It was signed by Joe Cahill and given to Nelson Mandela 29/11/2002.

"Joe Cahill
To Nelson Mandela
with every good wish
& thanks for your continued support"

paper, ink, adhesive

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