Republished book on murder of Dr. Muldoon

First published in August 2019, ‘The Murder of Dr Muldoon: A Suspect Priest, A Widow’s Fight for Justice’ by Ken Boyle and Mr Tim Desmond – which tells the story of Roscommon man Fr. Ryans and Leitrim native Dr Paddy Muldoon – is being reprinted.

In February 1923, a priest (Fr Edward Ryans) and his housekeeper abandoned a baby girl on the doorstep of a house near the Black Church in Dublin’s north inner city. Three local women noticed the couple’s suspicious behaviour and apprehended them, and the two were handed over to the police, charged and sent for trial. A month later, a young doctor, Dr Paddy Muldoon, was shot dead on the streets of Mohill, Co. Leitrim. The two incidents are connected, but how?

In the days following the shooting of Dr Muldoon, the name of local priest Fr Edward Ryans was linked to the killing, and rumours abounded of a connection to the events in Dublin a month earlier, and also that an IRA gang had been recruited to carry out the murder. However, despite an investigation at the time, the murder remained unsolved for almost 100 years.

Now, newly-discovered archive material from a range of sources, including the Muldoon family, has made it possible to piece together the circumstances surrounding the doctor’s death, and reveals how far senior figures in the Church, State and IRA were willing to go to cover up a scandal, all of which is explored in Boyle and Desmond’s book.

Ken Boyle is from Dublin, and his father’s family was from the Ballinamore area of Leitrim. Ken’s grandfather was Dr Muldoon’s cousin. This is his first book.

Tim Desmond grew up in Cork city. He studied social science and journalism at UCC before being taken on by RTÉ Radio after graduating. He has made a number of award-winning documentaries, which have taken him across Asia, Africa and Central America, with a particular focus on issues of social justice and the legacy of war. He now works full-time with the Documentary On One team at RTÉ Radio.