Peter's Key

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Peter's Key
Author Declan Dunne
Country Ireland
Language English
Genre Non-fiction, History, Action & Adventure
Publisher Mercier Press
Publication date
17 September 2012
Media type Print and Amazon Kindle
Pages 320 pages Approx
ISBN 1781170592

Peter's Key is a 2012 non-fiction book by Declan Dunne.[1] It was published through Mercier Press on 17 September 2012. Peter's Key recounts the story of Peter de Loughry, who arranged to help free Éamon de Valera from Lincoln Prison during the Irish War of Independence.[2][3] De loughry was Dunne's grandfather, and the book took him four years to write, with help from others.[4]


The book covers de loughry's time in Lincoln Prison and his successful attempt to break out of prison with Éamon de Valera, and other men. The prison break took him months to plan, which included creating a wax impression of a chaplain's key. De loughry then went through three keys before succeeding on the fourth attempt.[5] During and after the escape from prison de loughry remained the Mayor of Kilkenny, a position he held for six consecutive years.[6]


The Tuam Herald praised Peter's Key, calling it "a fine example of filial piety, and a worthy addition to the literature of this period."[5]


  1. ^ "Author calls Hogan to book over bold launch appearance". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Kenny, Pat. "Today with Pat Kenny (Interview at 1:27:42)". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Hurley, Sean (17 October 2012). "Patriot Peter and the Great Escape". Kilkenny Reporter. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Famous jail escape recounted in local man's book". Dublin People. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Bookshelf – Books to remind us of terrible times in Ireland". Tuam Herald. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Byrne, Carol (8 November 2012). "The greatest escape story never told finally brought to light". Clare Champion. Retrieved 20 December 2012.