Murder of Det. Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne

At 2.00 pm on 7th July, 1980, three men entered the Bank of Ireland in Ballaghadreen, wearing balaclavas and waving guns. Shouting “Everybody down” they  netted €35,000.  A few miles out of town their get-away car was intercepted by a Garda Patrol-Car from Castlerea which was responding to a call about the robbery.  The two vehicles collided on the road. Garda Henry Byrne was shot dead by a hail of gunfire as he sat in the patrol-car.  The 3 robbers left their vehicle and two of them were subsequently involved in an exchange of shots with Detective Garda John Morley, who had an Uzi submachine gun. Detective Garda Morley was fatally wounded.

Retired Detective Garda Supt. Tom Connolly,  spoke with Michael Clifford, of the Irish Examiner about the case in the light of Peter Pringle claiming in his book that there was a miscarriage of justice.

To read the Irish Examiner comprehensive article click here.

One Response to Murder of Det. Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne

  1. Thomas Savage March 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Congratulations both to the GSRMA and Tom Connolly for this excellent report on the events at and subsequent to the bank robbery and murder of John Morley and Henry Byrne at Ballaghadreen in July 1980.

    It’s a credit to Tom Connolly and indeed The Irish Examiner. I would urge as many as possible to read it in full, watch the video clips and then pass it to all your contacts.

    Further comment would be superfluous.


    Tom Savage

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