Tiede Herrema

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Tiede Herrema (1975)

Dr Tiede Herrema (born 21 April 1921) is a Dutch businessman. He was born in Zuilen.


In the 1970s, Herrema ran a wire factory, Ferenka, in the city of Limerick, Ireland. At the time, this was the city's biggest employer, with approximately 1,400 workers. On the morning of 3 October 1975, having just left his home in Castletroy near Limerick, Herrema was abducted by two members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle.[1] The kidnappers demanded the release of three IRA prisoners, including Rose Dugdale.[2]


After a massive security operation, the kidnappers were eventually traced on 21 October 1975 to a house in Monasterevin, County Kildare. After a further two-week-long siege, Herrema was released, shaken but unharmed.[3] He left Ireland soon after.


He eventually returned to present an episode of Saturday Live.[citation needed][when?] He and his wife Elizabeth were made honorary Irish citizens in 1975,[4] and he was made a Freeman of the city of Limerick.

In 2005, he donated his personal papers to the University of Limerick.[3]

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  1. ^ "IRA kidnap victim returns to city". BBC News. 2005-10-18. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  2. ^ "The Hostage Dilemma". Time. 1975-10-20. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  3. ^ a b "Herrema donating papers to UL library". RTÉ News. 2005-10-18. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Debates (Official Report - Unrevised) Dáil Éireann Tuesday, 30 November 2004". Houses of the Oireachtas. 2004-11-30. Retrieved 2009-06-06.

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