While Michael was in Mountjoy Jail in 1921 with the shadow of a noose over him, a swirl of thoughts, fears and hopes must have entered his mind. But never in his wildest nightmares could he have foreseen returning to the same prison – twice – within a short space of time.That was one of several dark times, sad twists and institutions which featured in his long, hard life.Who was Michael Watchorn?Michael’s place of origin (townlands.ie)He was the first son of John, a Farm Labourer and Elizabeth (originally Taylor), born on 24 March 1896 at Ballanaboly, near Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow.He had three sisters and two brothers. The family moved to Tankard’s Town, then settled at Ballinabrannagh, Milford. In 1911, 16 ...

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