Jack Kiernan is the author of Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story, published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9576729-0-1
Jack Kiernan is a native of the town of Mullingar in Co. Westmeath, Ireland where the events recorded in this narrative take place. He was prompted to investigate the the murder of Mary Walker in 1909, and the conviction of Joseph Heffernan for the crime, due to local unease about the circumstances surrounding both the murder and the conviction.
Growing up in Mullingar, Jack Kiernan often heard local people talking about the murder of Mary Walker. Most people believed that the right person had been arrested and paid for the crime by the sentence that was handed down. However, a grandfather on his mother's side, a Sheffield man and a former British soldier, always maintained, right up to his death that the wrong man had been executed. He claimed that he knew of this long before he ever set foot in Mullingar.
When the story re-surfaced in the local media, around about the 100th anniversary of the murder, Jack Kiernan took it upon himself to investigate - even just to shed light on the episode and see if there was anything to his grandfather's claims. Little did he know what he would end up resurrecting and the ghosts that would need to be laid to rest!
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Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story
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. But was Joseph Heffernan also innocent of the crime?
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