I just reheard the other day, the wonderful documentary/drama on Black and Tan leader, Hugh Tudor, with specific focus on an attempted old IRA assasaination attempt on him in above all places, the most Irish place in the world outside of this island, Newfoundland!
RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - A Bullet for the General
There were many stories on why the attempt failed, if it ever happened at all but centered around the assasaination parties encounters with priests.
1 They sought confession from a priest there in advance of doing the job and he freaked to such an extent that he told them as their confessions were not genuine, he was free to break the confessional seal and would inform his archbishop if they didn't feck of back to Ireland!
2 A priest listened to them and their extreme worries that they may be in grave sin by doing it and then told them -It's all very well to do this, but how will you get off the island undetected? This blew their minds as they did not realise that Newfoundland wasn't connected to the Canadian mainland (if true, they were so incompetent, they were obviously "The Officials' branch").
Hugh Tudor, war criminal (though certainly not the only one from that conflict) died in his bed aged 95, kind of like Dev did!
BTW he ended up in Newfoundland, as I said a very odd place for him to be, considering, because during WW1 he was of great assistance to the Newfoundland regiment, whose members said they would protect him!
His family lived in terror of "mad Irishmen" coming to exact revenge for murders such as the one highlighted in the programme in clare during the war of independence!
Any thoughts on this chap or the programme!