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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He never excuses his violent, murdering past and explains his motivations with startling insight. The Republicans are so wrapped up in their ideology that they’re unreachable.

Also a bit disturbing when detailing his indecision on whether what he’s doing is right, wrong, and he simply doesn’t seem to care to make the choice. Collins is not the most accomplished writer, the sentences are basic but the story unfolds with a compelling urgency. Collins changes drastically a few times throughout his life, from intellectual IRA diehard to disillusioned republican to weary, peaceful family man.

If you really listen to arge 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. Holds lots of lessons Not to be confused with the Irish footballer Eamonn Collins. A bit to elaborate at some points. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Are you getting a full account or only a partial one? It’s about that tired, yet truthful maxim: From a university student with radical leanings to a soldier in the guerrilla war in Northern Ireland, Collins tells the very personal motivation behind his decisions and perhaps more importantly, how his actions lead him to a point where he no longer What are the causes, and consequences, of xollins person that crosses the line to use violence to achieve political means?


As the narrative follows him through different periods, I really liked how clearly he puts us in his head. Retrieved 7 September The poverty of the people on eage front lines of the Troubles really struck him.

Following the publication of the book, and while continuing to live in a nationalist area of Newry, Eamon Collins spoke out on paramilitary violence and the fragile peace in the North of Ireland.

A sad book, especially considering Collins was murdered within two years of publication.

The reader gets the feeling of receiving a full account, but Collins hinted in interviews that this was only a sample of what he got up to. So even though he becomes a terrorist, you sympathize with him Mar 07, Simon G rated it did not like it.

Eamon Collins – Wikipedia

The Armalite and the Ballot Box. He was gunned down in front of his wife and daughter. Granta Books- History – pages.

There were only two sides. He would have us believe that he and only he, Eamon Collins, can accurately tell the story of the “real” IRA. From a university student with radical leanings ragee a soldier in the guerrilla war in Northern Ireland, Collins tells the very personal motivation behind his decisions and perhaps more importantly, cillins his actions lead him to a point where he no longer controls his destiny.

In contrast, this author is the collinss one I’ve come across from the Republican side who really lets people in. Even if one of those groups is Sinn Fein. He must have developed a reputation for utter ruthlessness and a great capacity for violence despite his diminutive physical stature.

After several years in Dublin, he subsequently moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for a period, where he ran a youth centre. Lists with This Book. Around this time he married Bernadette, with whom he subsequently had four children. The Police Service of Northern Ireland PSNI has confirmed that a year-old man was arrested at raeg house in the border town on Tuesday and is being questioned in connection with the killing.


Mar 21, John Williams rated it really liked it. And the backtracking is frustrating, because just stop – you can’t be tried for these crimes again.

Eamon Collins

Although the IRA had already said that he would be killed if he lived north of Drogheda in the Republic, it seemed that they turned a blind eye for some years as he insisted on living in Newry not far from where he grew up.

Selected pages Title Page. A lot of IRA biographical things you read are fairly straightforward in what they wrote, sometimes they would backtrack and try to not seem so evil, but nonetheless, straightforward ki,ling their past. This is definitely not one of the best memoirs to have come out of the Troubles.

This book is the true account of the small-town violence and terror which lies behind the headlines. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here That doesn’t make him better than the rest of the terrorist scum in any way.

Retrieved 30 April Collins subsequently stated that the strain of the interrogation merely exacerbated increasing doubts that he had already possessed about the moral justification of the IRA’s terrorist paramilitary campaign and his killig within it.