Case 156

Shergar

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Case 156

Shergar

When The Troubles began, fighting between the IRA and British soldiers from Northern Ireland was at an all-time high. Over the years, the IRA bombed political and economic targets across Northern Ireland and England, using guerilla tactics in both urban and rural areas. Years of extreme protesting and violence had culminated in low morale and widespread despair throughout Ireland, and the economy was in trouble, resulting in high unemployment rates and mass emigration.

Yet one industry that continued to thrive was horse racing, which provided twenty thousand jobs and attracted large sums of money from overseas. In 1980, an Irish racehorse named Shergar took the industry by storm, becoming a racing champion and national treasure. The Irish public adored Shergar and watching him achieve great success provided a much-needed distraction from The Troubles. He became a symbol of hope and possibility in an otherwise bleak and trying time.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Jessica Forsayeth

Written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

The Disappearance of Shergar…30 years on – by John Daly for the Irish Examiner, published 2nd February 2013, retrieved 1st October 2019

Tiede Herrema: The kidnappers were nervous. So was I – by Kathy Sheridan for the Irish Times, published 24th October 2015, retrieved 15th October 2019

Stan Cosgrove Obituary: a gifted equine veterinarian – author unknown for the Irish Times, published 14th September 2019, retrieved 15th October 2019

40 years ago, a Dutch concentration camp survivor was set free by his IRA captors after 36 days – author unknown for thejournal.ie, published 8th November 2015, retrieved 15th October 2019

Dunne kidnapping landmark in high-profile abductions – by Frank Kilfeather for the Irish Times, published 5th September 2000, retrieved 16th October 2019

Ben Dunne’s ransom was paid by Patrick Gallagher – author unknown for the Irish News, published 9th April 2000, retrieved 16th October 2019

Inside the Europa, the most notorious hotel in Europe – by Niall McGrade for Culture Trip, published 9th October 2017, retrieved 17th October 2019

IRA enforcer named as Shergar’s kidnapper places bet on the horses…35 years after world’s most famous racehorse disappeared – by Gary O’Shea for The Irish Sun, published 12th February 2018, retrieved 21st October 2019

The truth about Shergar racehorse kidnapping – by Andrew Alderson, for The UK Sun, published 27th January 2008, retrieved 21st October 2019

Exclusive – Revealed Certain Facts Behind The ‘Whodunnit’ Theory on The Kidnapping of the World-Famous Racehorse Shergar – by Giovanni Do Stefano and Caroline Bayford, for OPC Global News and Media, published 27th August 2018, retrieved 21st October 2019

Executive kidnapped by gunman – author unknown for United Press International, published 24th November 1983, retrieved 22nd October 2019

Kidnapping ended in shoot-out after 23 days of captivity for Tidey – author unknown for The Irish Times, published 6th June 1998, retrieved 22nd October 2019

 

VIDEOS:

Who is the Aga Khan? – Published 25th May 2011, retrieved 26th September 2019

Shergar wins the 1981 Derby – rare commentary by Peter Bromley for BBC Radio 2 – published 24th May 2011, retrieved 1st October 2019

Who kidnapped Shergar? – Published 2nd June 2014, retrieved 8th October 2019

IRA Monasterevin siege – Tiede Herrema , Kildare, Ireland 24 October 1975 (Part 1 of 4) – uploaded 27th April 2019, retrieved 15th October 2019

SYND 29 10 75 Dutch businessman Herrema still hostage in Monasterevin – uploaded 24th July 2015, retrieved 15th October 2019

Tiede Herrema and his wife received at Áras an Uachtaráin – uploaded 29th June 2013, retrieved 15th October 2019

Shergar: the mystery of a 10 million pound horse – BBC Stories – uploaded 12th October 2018, retrieved 17th October 2019

Shergar’s jockey, Walter Swinburn – from Searching For Shergar – BBC One, uploaded 31st May 2018, retrieved 18th October 2019

Supermarket Executive Kidnapped – from Raidió Teilifís Éireann, reported 25th November 1983, retrieved 22nd October 2019

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:

Horse Racing – update, author unknown for The Tucson Citizen, Tucson, Arizona, published 4th June 1981, retrieved 30th September 2019

Shergar is something out of the ordinary – by Richard Baerlein for The Guardian, London, England, published 3rd June 1981, retrieved 30th September 2019

The Aga Khan Lifts Italy’s Sails – by Joanne A. Fishman for the New York Times, New York City, New York, published 8th August 1983, retrieved 7th October 2019

Details of Kidnap Gang Released – by Nick Davies for The Guardian, London, England, published 15 February 1983, retrieved 7th October 2019

The perfect pedigree for success – author unknown for The Guardian, London, England, published 2nd June 1981, retrieved 30th September 2019

Hunt Still on for Shergar – by Lindsay Vincent for The Observer, London, England, published 5th February 1984, retrieved 15th October 2019

Softly-softly approach to saving the aggressor and victim – by Dr William Davies for The Guardian, London, England, published 4th January 1991, retrieved 15th October 2019

Kidnapper freed too late – by Paul Myers for The Guardian, London, England, published 29th March 1990, retrieved 15th October 2019

IRA killed Shergar, say owners – by Ian Black for The Guardian, London, England, published 7th June 1984, retrieved 18th October 2019

 

BOOKS:

Taking Shergar – by Milton C. Toby (2018) Published University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky, USA

Shergar: A True Crime Story of Kidnapping, Racehorse and Politics – by Conrad Bauer (2016) Published by Maplewood Books

The Informer – by Sean O’Callaghan (1998) Published by Bantam Press, London, England

Tommo: Too Busy to Die – by Derek Thompson (2013) Published by Racing Post Books, London, England

 

 

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When The Troubles began, fighting between the IRA and British soldiers from Northern Ireland was at an all-time high. Over the years, the IRA bombed political and economic targets across Northern Ireland and England, using guerilla tactics in both urban and rural areas. Years of extreme protesting and violence had culminated in low morale and widespread despair throughout Ireland, and the economy was in trouble, resulting in high unemployment rates and mass emigration.

Yet one industry that continued to thrive was horse racing, which provided twenty thousand jobs and attracted large sums of money from overseas. In 1980, an Irish racehorse named Shergar took the industry by storm, becoming a racing champion and national treasure. The Irish public adored Shergar and watching him achieve great success provided a much-needed distraction from The Troubles. He became a symbol of hope and possibility in an otherwise bleak and trying time.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Jessica Forsayeth

Written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

The Disappearance of Shergar…30 years on – by John Daly for the Irish Examiner, published 2nd February 2013, retrieved 1st October 2019 

Tiede Herrema: The kidnappers were nervous. So was I – by Kathy Sheridan for the Irish Times, published 24th October 2015, retrieved 15th October 2019

Stan Cosgrove Obituary: a gifted equine veterinarian – author unknown for the Irish Times, published 14th September 2019, retrieved 15th October 2019 

40 years ago, a Dutch concentration camp survivor was set free by his IRA captors after 36 days – author unknown for thejournal.ie, published 8th November 2015, retrieved 15th October 2019

Dunne kidnapping landmark in high-profile abductions – by Frank Kilfeather for the Irish Times, published 5th September 2000, retrieved 16th October 2019

Ben Dunne’s ransom was paid by Patrick Gallagher – author unknown for the Irish News, published 9th April 2000, retrieved 16th October 2019

Inside the Europa, the most notorious hotel in Europe – by Niall McGrade for Culture Trip, published 9th October 2017, retrieved 17th October 2019

IRA enforcer named as Shergar’s kidnapper places bet on the horses…35 years after world’s most famous racehorse disappeared – by Gary O’Shea for The Irish Sun, published 12th February 2018, retrieved 21st October 2019

The truth about Shergar racehorse kidnapping – by Andrew Alderson, for The UK Sun, published 27th January 2008, retrieved 21st October 2019

Exclusive – Revealed Certain Facts Behind The ‘Whodunnit’ Theory on The Kidnapping of the World-Famous Racehorse Shergar – by Giovanni Do Stefano and Caroline Bayford, for OPC Global News and Media, published 27th August 2018, retrieved 21st October 2019

Executive kidnapped by gunman – author unknown for United Press International, published 24th November 1983, retrieved 22nd October 2019

Kidnapping ended in shoot-out after 23 days of captivity for Tidey – author unknown for The Irish Times, published 6th June 1998, retrieved 22nd October 2019

 

VIDEOS:

Who is the Aga Khan? – Published 25th May 2011, retrieved 26th September 2019 

Shergar wins the 1981 Derby – rare commentary by Peter Bromley for BBC Radio 2 – published 24th May 2011, retrieved 1st October 2019

Who kidnapped Shergar? – Published 2nd June 2014, retrieved 8th October 2019

IRA Monasterevin siege – Tiede Herrema , Kildare, Ireland 24 October 1975 (Part 1 of 4) – uploaded 27th April 2019, retrieved 15th October 2019

SYND 29 10 75 Dutch businessman Herrema still hostage in Monasterevin – uploaded 24th July 2015, retrieved 15th October 2019

Tiede Herrema and his wife received at Áras an Uachtaráin – uploaded 29th June 2013, retrieved 15th October 2019

Shergar: the mystery of a 10 million pound horse – BBC Stories – uploaded 12th October 2018, retrieved 17th October 2019

Shergar’s jockey, Walter Swinburn – from Searching For Shergar – BBC One, uploaded 31st May 2018, retrieved 18th October 2019

Supermarket Executive Kidnapped – from Raidió Teilifís Éireann, reported 25th November 1983, retrieved 22nd October 2019

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:

Horse Racing – update, author unknown for The Tucson Citizen, Tucson, Arizona, published 4th June 1981, retrieved 30th September 2019

Shergar is something out of the ordinary – by Richard Baerlein for The Guardian, London, England, published 3rd June 1981, retrieved 30th September 2019

The Aga Khan Lifts Italy’s Sails – by Joanne A. Fishman for the New York Times, New York City, New York, published 8th August 1983, retrieved 7th October 2019

Details of Kidnap Gang Released – by Nick Davies for The Guardian, London, England, published 15 February 1983, retrieved 7th October 2019

The perfect pedigree for success – author unknown for The Guardian, London, England, published 2nd June 1981, retrieved 30th September 2019

Hunt Still on for Shergar – by Lindsay Vincent for The Observer, London, England, published 5th February 1984, retrieved 15th October 2019

Softly-softly approach to saving the aggressor and victim – by Dr William Davies for The Guardian, London, England, published 4th January 1991, retrieved 15th October 2019

Kidnapper freed too late – by Paul Myers for The Guardian, London, England, published 29th March 1990, retrieved 15th October 2019

IRA killed Shergar, say owners – by Ian Black for The Guardian, London, England, published 7th June 1984, retrieved 18th October 2019

 

BOOKS:

Taking Shergar – by Milton C. Toby (2018) Published University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky, USA

Shergar: A True Crime Story of Kidnapping, Racehorse and Politics – by Conrad Bauer (2016) Published by Maplewood Books

The Informer – by Sean O’Callaghan (1998) Published by Bantam Press, London, England

Tommo: Too Busy to Die – by Derek Thompson (2013) Published by Racing Post Books, London, England

 

 

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