Scannal: RTE1, Monday nights, 7:30. Mountjoy Prison Break.

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Scannal: RTE1, Monday nights, 7:30. Mountjoy Prison Break.

Post by 500 fan » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:41 pm

There is an upcoming episode of the new series of 'Scannal' that will feature the story behind the 1973 break-out from Mountjoy Prison using a hijacked helicopter. As previously mentioned, Irish Helicopters were the unfortunate company targeted for this incident with their Alouette II EI-AWC used. I checked the listings for tonight's episode and this story isn't on. Instead it's some episode about the first naked woman on RTE. :D If anyone knows when the 'Mountjoy Prison Break' episode is due to air, please let us know in plenty of time. Should be interesting.

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Post by bolkow » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:49 pm

500 fan wrote:There is an upcoming episode of the new series of 'Scannal' that will feature the story behind the 1973 break-out from Mountjoy Prison using a hijacked helicopter. As previously mentioned, Irish Helicopters were the unfortunate company targeted for this incident with their Alouette II EI-AWC used. I checked the listings for tonight's episode and this story isn't on. Instead it's some episode about the first naked woman on RTE. :D If anyone knows when the 'Mountjoy Prison Break' episode is due to air, please let us know in plenty of time. Should be interesting.

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Yeah yeah, I will come to the mountjoy prison thing later, but when is the naked woman on did you say? LOL

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Post by Papa8 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:55 pm

It on next Monday 17th Nov. Actually if you look at the helicopter prison break escapes page on Wikipedia you will see this was the first escape using a helicopter but by no means the last. There is one french dude who escaped at least three times using this method. Brass balls I guess.


HELICOPTERS & GELIGNITE

THE MOUNTJOY & PORTLAOISE BREAKOUTS

Prison break - whether it's the recent TV hit, Colditz or a 1970's IRA spectacular what they have in common is great drama! Secret detailed plans and conspiracy, inside and outside the prison walls. And that huge element of surprise. Today it would seem unthinkable but in the early 70's IRA prisoners broke out of Jail not once but twice!


The early seventies were a turbulent time on the island, the troubles in the North had escalated and were beginning spill over into the South. A new coalition government came into power in early 1973, with a Fine Gael, law and order Taoiseach - Liam Cosgrave promising to take a no-nonsense approach to subversives. But on 31st October 1973 he was in for a shock. 3 IRA men succeeded in pulling off a dramatic Helicopter escape from Mountjoy Jail.

At 3.30pm in afternoon, to the astonishment of prison officers, and the cheers of other prisoners, a helicopter scooped up 3 high-ranking members of the IRA: Seamus Twomey, J.B O'Hagan and Kevin Mallon, in the middle of a football game taking place in the prison yard. The chopper lifted off with the fugitives to the farcical shouts of prison guards attempting to foil the escape by shouting for the gates to be shut!


The embarrassed Cosgrave Government reacted to the fiasco, ordering nationwide searches and the transfer of remaining republican prisoners from Mountjoy and the Curragh to Portlaoise prison. The Wolfe Tones got in on the act by releasing a single called 'The Helicopter Song' which topped the Irish Charts for 4 weeks!


After weeks on the run - Kevin Mallon was the first of the escapees recaptured at a GAA Dance in the Montague Hotel in Co. Laois. A republican comrade, Marion Coyle, was charged with attempting to shoot Gardaí arresting Mallon, but she was acquitted due to lack of identification.


But if Government and security forces were embarrassed by the cheeky break-out - it seemed inspirational for the Provo's and in January 1974 a close associate of Mallon's, Eddie Gallagher along with Dr. Rose Dugdale hijacked another helicopter in Donegal to bomb the RUC station in Strabane from the air. The milk-churn bombs never exploded. Dugdale got away and went on to take part in the theft of the Beit Paintings from Russborough House in Wicklow after which she was arrested and jailed. Gallagher too was subsequently Jailed but not for long as within 10 months of the Mountjoy escape in August 1974 19 Republican prisoners blasted their way out of Portlaoise prison using old fashioned gelignite. 2 of the 19 escapees were Kevin Mallon and Eddie Gallagher.


The Coalition Government's law and order reputation was in tatters - Nationwide manhunts yielded nothing, the whereabouts of the escaped prisoners baffled the Gardaí and army.


But when Dermot Hegarty released a song called 'The Nineteen Men' it topped the Irish charts 3 weeks - just like the Helicopter song of the year before - maybe the republican movement had more support in the south than the Cosgrave Government liked to believe.


Kevin Mallon was recaptured in January 1975 and he was sent back to Portlaoise. J.B O'Hagan had also been recaptured at this point. But there was to be another twist in this bizarre tale. Later in 1975 Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle kidnapped Dutch industrialist Dr. Tiede Herrema in Limerick and held him captive in a house in St. Evin's Park, Monasterevin. Their demands the release of 3 prisoners in exchange for Herrema's life. Kevin Mallon, Gallagher's old ally and Coyle's mentor, Dr. Rose Dugdale who was Gallagher's girlfriend and the mother of his child, and James Hyland. They weren't successful and after one of the longest sieges in the history of the state - Dr Herrema was released unharmed. Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle subsequently received long prison sentences.


After 4 years on the run, the third man in the helicopter lift from Mountjoy - Seamus Twomey, was arrested in December 1977 after a high-speed chase through Dublin.



Prison Break - 1970's Irish style.




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Post by bolkow » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:05 am

Papa8 wrote:It on next Monday 17th Nov. Actually if you look at the helicopter prison break escapes page on Wikipedia you will see this was the first escape using a helicopter but by no means the last. There is one french dude who escaped at least three times using this method. Brass balls I guess.


HELICOPTERS & GELIGNITE

THE MOUNTJOY & PORTLAOISE BREAKOUTS

Prison break - whether it's the recent TV hit, Colditz or a 1970's IRA spectacular what they have in common is great drama! Secret detailed plans and conspiracy, inside and outside the prison walls. And that huge element of surprise. Today it would seem unthinkable but in the early 70's IRA prisoners broke out of Jail not once but twice!


The early seventies were a turbulent time on the island, the troubles in the North had escalated and were beginning spill over into the South. A new coalition government came into power in early 1973, with a Fine Gael, law and order Taoiseach - Liam Cosgrave promising to take a no-nonsense approach to subversives. But on 31st October 1973 he was in for a shock. 3 IRA men succeeded in pulling off a dramatic Helicopter escape from Mountjoy Jail.

At 3.30pm in afternoon, to the astonishment of prison officers, and the cheers of other prisoners, a helicopter scooped up 3 high-ranking members of the IRA: Seamus Twomey, J.B O'Hagan and Kevin Mallon, in the middle of a football game taking place in the prison yard. The chopper lifted off with the fugitives to the farcical shouts of prison guards attempting to foil the escape by shouting for the gates to be shut!


The embarrassed Cosgrave Government reacted to the fiasco, ordering nationwide searches and the transfer of remaining republican prisoners from Mountjoy and the Curragh to Portlaoise prison. The Wolfe Tones got in on the act by releasing a single called 'The Helicopter Song' which topped the Irish Charts for 4 weeks!


After weeks on the run - Kevin Mallon was the first of the escapees recaptured at a GAA Dance in the Montague Hotel in Co. Laois. A republican comrade, Marion Coyle, was charged with attempting to shoot Gardaí arresting Mallon, but she was acquitted due to lack of identification.


But if Government and security forces were embarrassed by the cheeky break-out - it seemed inspirational for the Provo's and in January 1974 a close associate of Mallon's, Eddie Gallagher along with Dr. Rose Dugdale hijacked another helicopter in Donegal to bomb the RUC station in Strabane from the air. The milk-churn bombs never exploded. Dugdale got away and went on to take part in the theft of the Beit Paintings from Russborough House in Wicklow after which she was arrested and jailed. Gallagher too was subsequently Jailed but not for long as within 10 months of the Mountjoy escape in August 1974 19 Republican prisoners blasted their way out of Portlaoise prison using old fashioned gelignite. 2 of the 19 escapees were Kevin Mallon and Eddie Gallagher.


The Coalition Government's law and order reputation was in tatters - Nationwide manhunts yielded nothing, the whereabouts of the escaped prisoners baffled the Gardaí and army.


But when Dermot Hegarty released a song called 'The Nineteen Men' it topped the Irish charts 3 weeks - just like the Helicopter song of the year before - maybe the republican movement had more support in the south than the Cosgrave Government liked to believe.


Kevin Mallon was recaptured in January 1975 and he was sent back to Portlaoise. J.B O'Hagan had also been recaptured at this point. But there was to be another twist in this bizarre tale. Later in 1975 Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle kidnapped Dutch industrialist Dr. Tiede Herrema in Limerick and held him captive in a house in St. Evin's Park, Monasterevin. Their demands the release of 3 prisoners in exchange for Herrema's life. Kevin Mallon, Gallagher's old ally and Coyle's mentor, Dr. Rose Dugdale who was Gallagher's girlfriend and the mother of his child, and James Hyland. They weren't successful and after one of the longest sieges in the history of the state - Dr Herrema was released unharmed. Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle subsequently received long prison sentences.


After 4 years on the run, the third man in the helicopter lift from Mountjoy - Seamus Twomey, was arrested in December 1977 after a high-speed chase through Dublin.



Prison Break - 1970's Irish style.




Presenter/Reporter Garry Mac Donncha

Producer/Director Seán Ó Méalóid
I remember as a young boy Seeing Twomeys recapture as I was staying with an aunt who lived opposite the house. I remember her asking an armed Garda what was happening and he said "check the midday news"!

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Post by 500 fan » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:50 pm

The 'Scannal' documentary last night was quite interesting, with a small bit of footage of all the helicopters involved. For those who didn't see the programme, there was some interesting footage of the Alouette II used in the Mountjoy Prison Break as well as a short shot of EI-AWB, the BO-105 hijacked for the attempted bombing of Strabane Police Station in early 1974. Also interesting was a small piece of footage of FOUR silver IAC Alouette IIIs in formation with the Taoiseach of the day, Liam Cosgrave, on board one of them.

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Post by bolkow » Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:19 pm

500 fan wrote:The 'Scannal' documentary last night was quite interesting, with a small bit of footage of all the helicopters involved. For those who didn't see the programme, there was some interesting footage of the Alouette II used in the Mountjoy Prison Break as well as a short shot of EI-AWB, the BO-105 hijacked for the attempted bombing of Strabane Police Station in early 1974. Also interesting was a small piece of footage of FOUR silver IAC Alouette IIIs in formation with the Taoiseach of the day, Liam Cosgrave, on board one of them.

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I would like to have seen that but alas cannot in wales. Did'nt know the bolkow EI-AWB / G-AZOM had been used for fun and games during here few years at home.

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Post by Bearcat » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:24 pm

post the hijackings all helicopters in the state were given 24hr garda protection. Pal of mine had a heli then and suddenly found he had 24hr garda protection at his place....dont think he minded but the state was on very tender hooks with the IRA and also what was happeneing in Northern Ireland.

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