Kidnapping at the Circus

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When the circus comes to a small Irish town, the air changes. The colourful peaks of the Big Top rise and the bright lights and flags tell everyone that a wholly different world has arrived.

But what happens when the circus world people dream of joining is the very life you are longing to leave? In 1937, the attempted elopement of a young German acrobat and an Irish circus performer from Galway led to a midnight car chase to the Irish border, and a court case that captivated the country.

 

Read the Podcast Script

 

Sources and Further Reading

Irish Circus History

 

The Heckenberg Circus Abduction – Newspaper Reports

 

Music

All by Slainte from The Free Music Archive

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