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This is an account of how an angry young man can cross the line that divides theoretical support for violence from a state of ‘killing rage’, in which the murder of . EAMON COLLINS, who met a violent death on a road at Newry, Co In the book Killing Rage, Mr Collins described in detail how he. Police at the scene of Eamon Collins’ murder Collins detailed his life in the IRA in the critically acclaimed book Killing Rage, which explained.

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But I understand how difficult follins is to leave behind something that has defined you for so long and that still shapes your worldview in many ways.

Around wamon time he married Bernadette, with whom he subsequently had four children. I also liked the way he didn’t shy away from the class differences that marked this conflict, but don’t get talked about enough.

It’s weird that a book on this subject could do that to a person, but it did for me. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Much the same could be said of Eamon Collins. But I understand ho I wish I could do a half star because this book was pretty good–informative, entertaining, thought-provoking, but ultimately, not something I’ll draw back on very often I don’t think.

But Killing Rage shows him admitting them all over again, before he ignored IRA death threats and spent his time denouncing them on TV and in print.

You may not come away liking Eamon Collins very much, but hopefully you can find something to admire about his willingness to let you dislike him and the cause he once cllins in.


I enjoyed that he was more than just a killer, that he had insights into HOW killings, bombings etc w This was one of my most anticipated IRA reads.

Eamon Collins murder: police arrest man in South Armagh

His belief in the martial discipline of IRA’s campaign had been seriously undermined by the event of the assassination of Norman Hanna, a 28 year old Newry man on the 11 March in front of his wife and young daughter, who had been targeted because of his former service with the Ulster Defence Regiment, which he had resigned from in It is a truthful picture of the brutality and waste caused by the IRA’s unwinnable campaign, and of its human consequences.

Jul 12, Brian rated it it was ok. Shite, the author is, sorry was ; a yap. A year later Collins was found beaten and stabbed to death not far from his home on the outskirts of Newry.

It was the first book I’d voluntarily read in a long time, and it so interested me and enlightened me that I took a renewed interest in reading and in educating myself on a variety of subjects. Then he denied all his confessions in court, amazingly winning his freedom. The Sickly Smell of Success. Eamon Collins was such a terrorist, scouting and planning for the IRA during the troubles in the s and s. Collins is not the most accomplished writer, the sentences are basic but the story unfolds with a compelling urgency.

He unravels his life in honest and compelling detail; toward the end of the book you won’t want to put it down. The book itself is amazingly honest. Even when they murdereing innocents-they still believed in the cause and that made sense.


There was a great scene where he is in a poor Catholic neighbourhood and sees a piece of offal on the street. If you really listen to their accounts, there’s something qui What’s amazingly rare about this book is the way the author takes personal responsibility for his role in the savagery of the Troubles.

More Kjlling than Irish. I got killing this eventually. Views Read Edit View history. Account Options Sign in. In he returned to live in Newry, a district known for the militancy of its communal support of the IRA, with numerous IRA members in its midst.

This particular terrorist doesn’t even have dubious honour of remaining loyal to his so called ’cause’. But the book is reasonably laconic about his involvement with the Nutting Squad.

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Mar 06, Martin rated it really liked kiilling. It’s really too bad but maybe not surprising that he was murdered by his own side for it. Provisional Irish Republican Army. In reality Collins went from being a soldier to a whining sniveler who ratted out his comrades.

Collins eventually retracted his statements so he would no longer be a supergrass. We see every rare “successful” terrorist actand the dozens of failures and botched efforts that this unsophisticated movement carried out during Collins’ tenure in Newry and Armagh.