Jack Kiernan is an author, historian, retired Irish Army Corporal Fitter Technician and former National Welfare Officer with PDFORRA (the army representative association).
Today, he lives and works in Mullingar, the Irish midlands town where he was also born and raised. He has a particular interest in cold cases, unsolved murders and alleged miscarriages of justice. He is also active on the front of community development and securing inward investment for the area where he lives.
His books include 'Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story' (2013), 'Why Did They Lie? The Irish Civil War, the Truth, Where and When it Began' (2018) and 'I Declare Before My God: The Brian and James Seery Story' (2019).
He has also written biographies of Mullingar boxers, Chris Cole and Eddie "The Killer" Byrne, which will shortly be available to buy online.
Twin tales of 19th century miscarriages of justice, in Ireland and Australia, claiming the lives of a father and son, both sentenced to hang in separate circumstances and even on different continents, 24 years apart. Brian Seery and his son, James, were both convicted on questionable evidence, as author and investigative historian, Jack Kiernan convincingly demonstrates.
An historical investigation uncovering shadowy events that took place during the Irish Civil War (1922-23), shedding important light on a dark chapter in Irish history, offering an assessment that also challenges certain assumptions about the course of events, the personalities and leadership dynamics involved.
Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story: Last Man Hanged in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Early 20th Century British Injustice in Ireland. A century old Irish murder mystery is re-opened. Joseph Heffernan paid the ultimate price for the murder of Mary Walker in Mullingar, Ireland in 1909. Mary Walker was the innocent victim of a brutal murder however, was Joseph Heffernan also innocent of the crime?