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Constable Commits Murder in Dunlavin

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Full title: Running with crows: the life and death of a Black and Tan [a novel]

Creator / Author: DJ Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 284p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: FeedARead Publishing / United Kingdom

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Constable William Mitchell. He was the only member of the British Crown Forces to be sentenced to death for murder during the War of Independence in Ireland. In this book, the author explores the scenarios around the murder incident and the politics of the era which made Mitchell’s 1921 execution an inevitability.

ID number(s): 9781782991861

Chapters: Foreword – Acknowledgements – The Joy – Monto – Wild Irish Rose – Bermondsey Days – The Mutton Lancers – The Dog and the Rabbit — Mutton Curry – Mutton Chops – The Somme – Rouenation – Alice – The Wicklow Warriors – A Dead Man’s Hat – The Second Man – As the Crow Flies – Epilogue.

WW Connection #1: William Mitchell was a temporary constable in the RIC and stationed in Dunlavin in West Wicklow. He was convicted of the murder of local magistrate, Robert Dixon of Milltown, Dunlavin.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The sorry ruins of Dublin’s elegant Custom House smouldered still on the quayside, yet the black waters of the Liffey lapped by unconcernedly. The sun was rising and wary citizens began to appear and go about their business as best they could on an otherwise pleasant June morning….”

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Contains four black & white photographs.

Extra #4: Read a review of this book via the blogs The Irish Story and An Irish Village

Extra #5: Link to the author’s website and blog

Extra #6: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Robert Dixon in Dunlavin.

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