‘He did not want this’: no rest in quest to end display of Irish Giant

Researchers spurred by injustice explain why 18th century Irish man famed for his exceptional height deserves burial he wanted

Thomas Muinzer recalls the day when, as a bored student in Belfast learning about property law, a few sentences about the 18th century “Irish Giant” Charles Byrne caught his eye.

“I saw a footnote about a celebrity Irish giant from Northern Ireland whose remains were stolen on the way to his funeral – querying whether or not that was the theft of property, because it was a dead body,” he says.

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