President's father was IRA train raider

The father of President Michael D Higgins took part in an IRA raid on a mail train during the War of Independence, according to official documents.

13th April, 2014
John Higgins, brother of the President Michael D Higgins, at home in Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The father of President Michael D Higgins took part in an IRA raid on a mail train during the War of Independence, according to official documents.

John Higgins was a lieutenant in the North Cork Brigade of the IRA. His role in fighting for independence was mentioned by President Higgins during his historic state visit to Britain.

Witness statements supplied by IRA members describe how John Higgins was one of the 20 volunteers in the...

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