About Time. Surviving Ireland's Death Row by Peter Pringle

By Peter Pringle

Law and justice aren't continually one and an identical. at the 27 November 1980, Peter Pringle waited in an Irish court docket to listen to the next phrases: 'Peter Pringle, for the crime of capital homicide ... the legislation prescribes just one penalty, and that penalty is death.' the matter used to be that Peter didn't dedicate this crime. dealing with a sentence of dying by means of putting, Peter sought the internal energy and backbone to outlive. while his sentence was once replaced to 40 years with no remission he got down to end up his innocence. Fifteen years later, he's ultimately a loose guy. this is often his tale.

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We also had our own education system of classes in Irish, History, Guerrilla Tactics, and Engineering. We were allowed a bath once a week when we paraded in small groups to the bath house, which was on A Wing. We were allowed food parcels back then, which was just as well, as it would have been difficult if we had to exist on prison food only. It was during this time that the Catholic hierarchy issued a decree stating that unless a member of the IRA left that organisation, he could not receive the sacraments and would be excommunicated from the church.

I would then be carried down to the room and into bed, to dreams wrapped in eiderdown quilt and not stirring until daylight. Sometimes I would lie in bed and listen to the chug, chug, chug of the barges as they passed along the canal about a mile away. The sound of the barge got louder on the night air as it came closer, and then it would fade away into the distance. And I would dream of its journey and of travelling on it. Sometimes my grandparents told stories about the Fairies. And they believed in their existence too.

His voice could range from a quiet whisper to a loud shout almost in the same sentence – and he did not seem to be aware of this. The other mass servers were scared of him. But I liked him, and was chosen to serve him at mass a couple of times each week. He was always allocated to say his mass at a side alter, and when very few people were in church. This often meant that I’d be a half hour late getting to school, which the Brothers forgave because I was serving at mass. The priest sometimes gave me a shilling after mass and that was a mighty bonus as far as I was concerned, considering that I could get in to the cinema for six pence and the Saturday matinée for four pence.

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