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Martin Cahill - "The General"

In 1965 when he was 16, Martin Cahill the future criminal leader who became known as "The General" was sentenced to two years for burglary. This was his FIFTH criminal conviction. This time he served his sentence in the industrial school in Daingean, Co. Offaly run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a religious order of priests and brothers. He was released in 1967.

In later years, AFTER he became Ireland's best-known criminal, The General used to say "If anyone corrupted me it was those mad monks down in the bog".

However a year after he left Daingean, Martin Cahill was planning both to get married AND to go straight and wrote a letter of thanks to one of the Oblate Brothers.

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