Former IRA Terrorist Now Pursues Priesthood


Shane Paul O’Doherty was a teenage terrorist in Ireland. He planted his first bomb at age 15, at a rooming house for British soldiers. He became the most wanted man in Britain, a hero for the Irish Republican Army whose letter-bomb campaign had maimed a dozen people and terrorized all of London. He was arrested and spent 14 years in prison.

O’Doherty, who once tried to kill a bishop, now wants to be a Catholic priest. Now 50, he says, “Hell, if I can be saved, anyone can.” The Boston Globe tells the story of his life and redemption.


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