Ó Drisceoil, Fachtna  

The Missing Postman


Historical true crime. What really happened to Larry Griffin?

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Postman Larry Griffin vanishes during his rounds in Stradbally on Christmas Day 1929. The only clue to what happened was an abandoned bicycle on a deserted country road. 

The story of the Missing Postman as it became known, made the headlines nationally and overseas, when ten prominent local people were arrested and charged with his murder. The defendants included such pillars of the community as two local Civic Guards, the school teacher, the local publican, his wife and two of their children. 

For eighty years the doors of Stradbally and the Garda files on the case remained firmly shut against anyone trying to investigate the story. Numerous successful libel actions taken by the former defendants further discouraged media interest. However all those involved have passed on. Government files, which cast new light on the case, have recently become available, and in this extraordinary new book, Ó Drisceoil weaves the pieces of the puzzle togther, and reveals the shocking answer to the question - what really happened to Larry Griffin?

About the Author

Fachtna Ó Drisceoil is a broadcaster and writer from Dún Laoghaire in Co Dublin. He works as a producer and presenter for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ Radio One. He has contributed radio essays to the popular Sunday Miscellany programme and has had articles and essays published in various books, journals and newspapers including The Irish Times. He has also worked as a reporter on Irish language television programmes such as Léargas and Scannal. He has an M.Phil in Irish studies from NUI Galway and a BA in Communication Studies from Dublin City University. This is his first book


'Ó'Drisceoil's excellent book, with its clear narrative and its lavish and haunting illustrations, may become the definitive statement on Larry Griffin'
- The Irish Times 


'Ó'Drisceoil paints a vivid picture that is not just exacting in its reconstruction of events, but also fleshes out the human tragedy'
- RTE Guide


'Lifts the lid on an incredibly complex culture of lies, conspiracy and intimidation that prevented justice being done'
- The Mayo News