(c) 2016 Mount Merrion Historical Society
8.00pm, Thursday 5th March, 2020
Mount Merrion Community Centre
Illustrated talk by Mark McMenamin
The untold story of Richard Hayes
When unassuming librarian Richard Hayes, a gifted polymath and cryptographer, was drafted by Irish intelligence services to track the movements of a prolific Nazi spy, Hermann Görtz, Dublin became the unlikely venue for one of the most thrilling episodes in Irish history. Mark will take us through the untold story of Richard Hayes, the Nazi spy and Ireland’s secret role in turning the tide of WWII.
In a complex game of cat-and-mouse that would wind its way through the city and its suburbs, Mark reveals how Richard Hayes cracked a code that helped turn the tide of World War II, and uncovers a secret history of the capital that has remained hidden in plain view for the past 70 years.
Marc McMenamin is a journalist and documentary maker. A specialist in exploring uncharted corners of Irish history, he is the maker of several acclaimed radio documentaries, including Good Cop/Bad Cop, exploring the life of controversial former NYPD officer Peter Daly, and Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker.