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Fachtna Ó Drisceoil weaves the pieces of this mystery together, using new evidence which paints a sordid portrait of lies, half-truths, conspiracy, intimidation and Garda brutality in the 1920s. Postman Larry Griffin vanishes during his rounds in Stradbally on Christmas Day 1929. The only clue to what happened was an abandoned bicycle on a deserted country road. The story of the Missing Postman as it became known, made the headlines nationally and overseas, when ten prominent local people were arrested and charged with his murder. The defendants included such pillars of the community as two local Civic Guards, the school teacher, the local publican, his wife and two of their children. &newpara;For eighty years the doors of Stradbally and the Garda files on the case remained firmly shut against anyone trying to investigate the story. Numerous successful libel actions taken by the former defendants further discouraged media interest. However all those involved have passed on. Government files, which cast new light on the case, have recently become available, and in this extraordinary new book, Ó Drisceoil weaves the pieces of the puzzle togther, and reveals the shocking answer to the question - What really happened to Larry Griffin? Fachtna Ó Drisceoil is a broadcaster and writer from Dún Laoghaire in Co Dublin. He works as a producer on Late Debate and Saturday View for RTÉ Radio 1. He has contributed radio essays to the popular Sunday Miscellany programme and has had articles and essays published in various books, journals and newspapers including The Irish Times. He has also worked as a reporter on Irish language television programmes such as Léargas and Scannal. He has an M.Phil in Irish studies from NUI Galway and a BA in Communication Studies from Dublin City University. This is his first book.

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