Got my wires crossed there, mixing up Frank Cahill with Joe Cahill in a story about who allegedly recruited Gerry Adams into the IRA. Frank Cahill was Mairia Cahill’s grandfather, Joe Cahill her great-uncle. Both men appeared to have been involved in IRA recruitment, hence the confusion. According to Brendan Hughes in his Boston College interviews Joe Cahill swore him and several others into the IRA after a series of grueling sessions designed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Thanks to Dixie Elliott for pointing out the error. That Frank Cahill was also involved in this part of the IRA’s business nonetheless adds an interesting new dimension to the Cahill family’s role during the Troubles.

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