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Author: Mícheál Ó Doibhilín
ISBN: 978-1-908056-07-8 44pp + cover. A5. Cover colour, text black and white €5
On Tuesday, December 18th, 1883 Joseph Poole died.
He was murdered on the gallows where he was due to hang for escaping an assassination attempt on himself, and which resulted in the killing of a police informer.
“… it is on account of being an enemy … of the Government under which I have the misfortune to live that I have been persecuted in the manner I have been”
So said Joe Poole at his trial in a stirring speech from the dock when he was pronounced guilty of murder.
Joe Poole was a tailor, and a man dogged by death.
Born to Frederick and Sophia Poole in Dublin on August 26th, 1855, Joe was the fifth of nine children. He was to grow up to become a tailor like his father.
His mother died when he was just 10 years old, and 7
years later his brother William was killed by a runaway horse. He married in 1880 but his bride only lived for six months.
His brother-in-law turned police informer and gave the evidence that was to kill him. Dogged by Inspector Mallin - possibly the best Dublin Castle detective - he never stood a chance.