By Peter Pringle
Law and justice aren't consistently one and an identical. at the 27 November 1980, Peter Pringle waited in an Irish court docket to listen to the next phrases: 'Peter Pringle, for the crime of capital homicide ... the legislation prescribes just one penalty, and that penalty is death.' the matter used to be that Peter didn't devote this crime. dealing with a sentence of dying by way of placing, Peter sought the internal energy and resolution to outlive. while his sentence used to be replaced to 40 years with no remission he got down to end up his innocence. Fifteen years later, he's eventually a loose guy. this is often his tale.
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I was devastated. I became an altar boy in our local church in Rathmines. There was a priest there who was shell-shocked from the war and who was eccentric, especially in his speech. His voice could range from a quiet whisper to a loud shout almost in the same sentence – and he did not seem to be aware of this. The other mass servers were scared of him. But I liked him, and was chosen to serve him at mass a couple of times each week. He was always allocated to say his mass at a side alter, and when very few people were in church.
When I made a comment about his unusual behaviour he said, ‘Ah, you don’t understand. ’ He went on to explain that Paddy was most likely broke and by entertaining the company he ensured a flow of porter. I was surprised at the respect and even love shown to Paddy by everyone in the pub, and only later understood Dermot’s comment about being a poet. To be a poet in Ireland engendered respect, awe and allowance for eccentricity. Poets have always been very important to the Irish psyche throughout our history.
How’re ya, Peter! ’ ‘Not so bad, Mick. Could be worse. ’ ‘Ah, sure. Ma says hello, Liam. They’re all well at home. ’ There followed a shouted conversation between the two brothers through the barbed wire for about ten minutes. An army squad was spotted marching towards the watch tower, and Liam said, ‘We better go now, Mick. ’ ‘Fuck them,’ came the reply. ‘I’m only talkin’ to me brother. ’ We moved away as Mick was relieved of his post and escorted away to army quarters. He was transferred to a different unit and did no more sentry duty, which pleased him.
About Time. Surviving Ireland's Death Row by Peter Pringle