Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story
Jack Kiernan

Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story by Jack Kiernan. Revised and updated edition. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2013.

Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story
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Jack Kiernan

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About the Author

Jack Kiernan hails from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Growing up, he had often heard local people talking about the murder of Mary Walker, in the summer of 1909. He was also aware of claims that the wrong person was convicted of the crime.

When the story re-surfaced in the local press, around the 100th anniversary, he decided to investigate the case, as much to satisfy his own curiosity as anything else. What he uncovered raised a lot more questions than answers.

In addition to this book, a website exploring the case of Joseph Heffernan and the evidence unearthed is available at IsItMebyJackKiernan.com
On 4 January 1910, Joseph Heffernan was executed in Kilmainham Gaol for murdering Mary Walker in Mullingar. Since that date, there have been whispers that Heffernan had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time and that an innocent man was hanged as a result.

When Jack Kiernan decided to look through the statements and court transcripts from the trial, he discovered a number of strange inconsistencies and anomalies that led him to believe that there may have been some foundation to these rumours.

In Is It Me? the author unpicks the evidence that sent Joseph Heffernan to his death and speculates whether his conviction was the result of a sinister plot to disguise the identity of the real murderer. He carefully retraces the events preceding the tragic and brutal murder of Mary Walker and suggests a shocking alternative version of events.

This edition has been revised and updated with new material that has come to light since the original publication in 2011.


Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story by Jack Kiernan.
Non-fiction, true crime, history, Irish history. 198 pages with illustrations.
First published in Ireland in 2011. This revised and updated edition is published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2013.
ISBN: 978-0-9576729-0-1

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Reviews for this Book

"A cold case that will intrigue and excite." - The Irish Mail on Sunday

"Every now and then a book comes along, on a topic you have never heard of, but turns out to be a riveting page-turner. This week, I read a marvellous new work of Irish social and criminal history, as Jack Kiernan investigates a forgotten miscarriage of justice. Just over a century ago, Mullingar man Joseph Heffernan was hanged for the murder of Mary Walker. Kiernan has meticulously gone through the police investigation, witness statements and the court case and has found major flaws in the investigation. By the end, the reader is left in no doubt that beautiful young Mary Walker was the victim of a heinous crime, but that crime claimed another life the day Joe Heffernan fell to the hangman's rope." - Joe Duffy, writer and broadcaster

"Is It Me? would make a brilliant true crime movie. I love reading true crime stories and I thoroughly enjoyed Is It Me? You should approach the Cold Case film makers; this story would make a powerful television documentary. Well done Jack." - Brush Shiels, legendary rock guitarist

"I've just read this fascinating book. My interest came from the fact that my mom's family hail from Mullingar and that my mom was born in Patrick Street. Excellent read and certainly an eye opener." - Mary Russell (a reader)

"Really enjoyed reading the book. Sad end..." - Mary Ward (on Amazon)
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