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The Munster and Leinster Bank Robbery of 1923 by Ronan Killeen

The year was 1923 when the Munster and Leinster Bank was robbed by two men Joseph O’Rourke, a servant boy from Ardrahan and Michael Murphy, Garragh, Gort a farmers son (Authors note: Murphy's address seems to have conflicting accounts in the newspapers of the time)  who had been with the Irregular IRA at the Renmore Depot, Galway before it was burned. The two men  were subsequently captured wit ha sum of £687 on them.
O’Rourke; Murphy and another accomplice hired a car off  Mr. J. Cunniffee who worked for W. P. Higgins stating that the car was being hired to bring two girls to Loughrea. [1]
It was 3.30pm when O’Rourke and Murphy entered the Munster and Leinster Bank and ordered for the bank manager Joseph O’Kelly Lynch to to ‘Put his hands up’. O’Kelly Lynch who was shaking in fear replied to the raiders ‘I have no firearms so you can take down that thing’.[2]
One of the raiders guarded  J. Lynch while the other raider partner went behind the counter to get the bags. The bags co…

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