On 26 December 1960 Donal Donnelly made his dramatic get away from the criminal referred to as ""Europe's Alcatraz"". utilizing hack-saw blades, torn sheets and electrical cable, Donal broke out of Crumlin highway felony, operating the gauntlet of searchlights, alarms and machine-gun nests. 3 years past, the teenage Donal have been convicted of club within the IRA through the first yr of ""Operation Harvest"", and used to be sentenced to 10 years. this can be the tale of the way he overcame many hurdles to dwell a winning, satisfied existence. ""A readable writing kind and a rousing description of Donnelly's break out from criminal. . . . An action-packed saga.""-Library magazine
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This took approximately 4 mins. We had the help of Séamus McRory, who had volunteered to behave as lookout and to go down our jackets after we reached the floor. At this element former O/C Tom Mitchell entered John’s phone yet instantly retreated whilst he heard the sound of steel and wooden grinding. We have been now stressed and in actual chance of being stuck ahead of we even received out of the mobilephone. yet sooner than lengthy, regardless of all of the close to misses and hindrances, we have been out within the open. destiny decreed that simply i'd make all of it the way in which. mendacity there at the flooring open air the most felony wall i presumed I had damaged my again. The discomfort used to be excruciating, yet after a couple of makes an attempt I controlled to wake up. the most challenge now was once my foot, or extra competently my heel. The soreness was once piercing. for all time I stored having a look up looking ahead to to determine John drop, as i used to be to damage his fall. The sleet and snow have been swirling round and the protection lighting at the outdoors of the wall have been distorting the pictures. wakeful that i used to be within reach of the gun towers and i was once utilizing up helpful time, I referred to as out for John one final time in a low voice as i presumed I observed his shape on the fringe of the excessive wall. status on my tiptoes i found that i'll circulate so long as i didn't placed any weight on my heel. Taking one final lookup I reverted to the emergency plan we agreed within the occasion that we turned separated. even though John had defined the roads within the region for me, i used to be now greatly alone. i used to be hoping opposed to desire that the surface contacts organised for Christmas Eve might have made up our minds to return to the criminal back that night. They knew whatever had occurred to us days prior yet shall we now not get observe to them to make different preparations. outdoor the criminal I became left in the direction of town, following John’s map in my head. i used to be unaware police automobile had simply added a prisoner from Derry to the most gate or that by way of now Mr Rampf had alerted his superiors to the chance that prisoners had escaped. If John were with me we might no longer have taken this direction into the town. He may have led us to a much less seen position. My basically choice used to be to discover my approach to Kellys’ residence in Adela highway. John’s brother Billy had simply been published from internment in D Wing and my desire was once that he might direct me to a secure position. I knew that when the gurus pointed out John as my partner, his will be the first condo raided. So I needed to circulate quickly. I ran down Crumlin street and after the Mater health center i spotted a highway front (Fleetwood road) which used to be in darkness and which might have led me to Adela road. the following I made a fallacious choice. I reckoned the turning was once basically an front to a company backyard and so I ran on within the blinding sleet. there has been little or no site visitors at the streets and no pedestrians. I ran right down to Carlisle Circus and on the best of Clifton road grew to become left into Henry position. but if i discovered myself on Glenravel road, which in these days housed an enormous RUC station, I knew I had long gone too a long way and was once heading extra clear of my deliberate vacation spot.