The Maamtrasna Murders happened at a time of deep unrest in Ireland. The deaths, on August 18th of that year, of five members of the family of John Joyce, hacked down and murdered in their tiny home, reverberated throughout Britain and Ireland and were the subject of a full-scale parliamentary debate, requiring the Prime Minister’s personal intervention.
Two days after the murders The Times said that: ‘No ingenuity can exaggerate the brutal ferocity of a crime which spared neither the grey hairs of an aged woman nor the innocent child of 12 years who slept beside her. It is an outburst of unredeemed and inexplicable savagery before which one stands appalled, and oppressed with a painful sense of the failure of our vaunted civilisation.’
Watch Murdair Mhám Trasna (2017) on TG4 Player (mix of Irish and English, subtitles optional).