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By: Declan Gallagher

The Poisoned Glen

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This is a gripping tale of emigrants from rural Ireland in the mid-1970s to the bright lights of New York City, and the journey of widower Pat Boyle and his 12-year-old daughter, Georgia, and what they encounter along the way. Pat, a master carpenter, has no problem finding work but learns very quickly the danger of working there after the mafia murders a work colleague. Georgia, in her late teenage years, is the total opposite of her father, practising shooting guns and rifles in a secret chamber in her friend’s basement. She begins working as a barmaid in Dolans Bar, Woodside, Queens. Her attitude and appearance change to an outwardly strong female that takes no-nonsense approach towards the drunk male Irish workers who frequent her bar. When she hears of her cousin Bosco being held captive by two leading mafia brothers, she takes the law into her own hands with devastating consequences.

Declan Gallagher is from the town of Letterkenny in Co Donegal. He worked in the construction industry from an early age. He emigrated to London in the mid-eighties and then to New York a year later, where he worked in a mafia-controlled concrete union, then to carpenter union using false names provided by the construction companies.

During his time there, he became aware of the danger of working with these companies and how many Irish men were murdered for crossing the mafia.

New York of today is a much safer place and the mafia no longer have the same control in the construction industry.

The Poisoned Glen tells the story of the influence this had on illegal Irish emigrants and how some met there untimely death.

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