Remains Of Pardoned Tipperary Man Harry Gleeson Unlocated.

Mr Harry Gleeson

The buried corpse of Tipperary man Mr Harry Gleeson, latter given a posthumous pardon, in 2015, by former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, together with President Michael D Higgins, remains missing, following a five-year search in the grounds of Mountjoy Prison, North Circular Road, Dublin..

The search, at a cost of over €30,000, has taken place in the area where executed prisoners would normally have been buried, within the prison grounds.

The popular Tipperary hurler, fiddle player, whose favourite pastime was hare coursing and who hailed originally from Galbertstown Lower, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, was falsely executed in Mountjoy Jail in April of 1941, wrongfully accused of the murder of mother of seven, Mary McCarthy, [“Foxy Moll”].

Seven years ago the Department of Justice sanctioned a search for the remains of Mr Gleeson, however, to date his body has not been located.

A Department of Justice spokesperson has confirmed that it is still the Department’s objective to undertake whatever can be done to identify and return the remains of Mr Gleeson to his elderly family relatives, and to have his remains re-interred back in the families burial plot in the old graveyard at Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


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