A true tale of
the horror, bloodshed and courage
The Irish Republican
involved in murderous attacks and bombings, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland
exploded into outright armed rebellion. The year was 1969.
A watching world was sickened as acts of
depravity played out on their television screens. The conflict soon spilled into England,
and support for the Republicans spread around the world to countries where the
Irish had emigrated or been despatched as convicts. The IRA became infected by criminality. Money was raised by robbery and extortion. Bombing and shooting innocents in England, and torturing and killing defectors
in its own ranks became the norm. Britain sent soldiers to Northern Ireland to stop the excesses on both sides that killed thousands and injured many thousands more.
That much is history...
August 1970, Britain's MI6 thrust into the bloody fray a young former commando, the ideologue
Maurice Tansey, born in Britain to Irish Catholic supporters of the Cause. This is the true story of his amazing, life-threatening years as Britain’s first and only spy in the Provisional IRA which personified Ireland’s horrors.
his cover, Tansey claims he was forced to participate in bombings, and murder with
his then friend and senior IRA figure.
Narrowly escaping death many times while saving lives with his alerts to MI6, his motivation was to minimise the number of both Catholic and Protestant innocents
being killed, injured or anguished by the Troubles. He considers that If London had been less
negligent and responded to more of his warnings of imminent atrocities, his life-saving
total might have been greatly increased. The Secret Service had simply to telephone the
British Army in Belfast and pass on Tansey’s information. Sadly, it
seemed to Tansey that MI6 was more preoccupied with its then current game of outwitting the Soviet’s
deeply intense true story of the determination of one man, the
conflict between his loyalty to the land of his birth and his Irish Catholic ancestry,
and the horrific human suffering of the innocents in this
undeclared war where there were no rules!
13 September 2014
Format:153 x 229 mm
HISTORICAL TRUE LIFE