The Padre | Paperback | By Jennifer O'leary

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  • The Padre: The True Story of the Irish Priest who armed the IRA with Gaddafi’s Money
  • Pages: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Jennifer O'Leary
  • Publisher: Merrion Press
  • Publication date: 24 August 2023
  • Category: History & Politics, Irish History, True Crime
  • Size: 22.6 x 13.5 x 2.3cm
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The Padre: The True Story of the Irish Priest who armed the IRA with Gaddafi’s Money by Jennifer O'Leary 

Today, Tipperary-born priest Patrick Ryan cuts a modest but strong figure, to the layperson. A man of God who has been entrusted with the confessions of hundreds of earnest parishioners. But in fact his story is dark, dramatic, and pivotal to Irish history, on both sides of the border.

In The Padre, award-winning investigative journalist Jennifer O'Leary exposes the paramilitary exploits of notorious former Catholic priest and active IRA supporter Patrick Ryan - exposing details which have, outside of his very guarded circles, been unknown until now. Drawing on highly sensitive information, divulged by Ryan during exclusive secret meetings with the author, The Padre lifts the lid on the true extent of the priest's involvement with the IRA: from being the link between the organisation and the Gaddafi regime, to Ryan's connection to the failed assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.

The Padre tells the truly remarkably story of this man of the cloth, and his lifelong struggle with what he, in his heart, believes to be right and wrong.


'The Padre is a superb piece of investigative journalism, formidably researched and efficiently told.' --Andrew Lynch, Sunday Business Post

‘Remarkable and eye-opening.’ --Sean O’Neill, The Times


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