Dublin Book Launch Huge Success

Posted By: April 06, 2011

Fr. Mc Manus’ Dublin launch of his Memoirs, “ My American Struggle

for Justice in Northern Ireland “ (Collins Press, Cork) was a

resounding success.

Held in Dublin Castle — once the seat of British administration for

the whole of Ireland –it attracted over three hundred guests. Apart

from Fr. Mc Manus, the two speakers were noted journalist and TV

personality Vincent Browne and well-known artist and activist, Bobby

Ballard.Fr. Mc Manus expressed his deep appreciation for each esteemed


Entertainment was provided by Derek Warfield – Young Wolfe Tones.

“ I am so deeply grateful for the great Derek Warfield for offering to

perform for us. He has been a good friend for many years. He is not

only a great balladeer but most importantly a great Dublin patriot who

has never forgotten his roots or his duty to speak up for (not just

sing) for Irish justice”.

Referring to the size of the crowd, Fr. Mc Manus expressed

amazement. : “I could not believe it. It speaks volumes for the

ability of the organizing Committee, headed by my brother, Frank and

Donal Donnelly — and composed of, among others, Tom Cooper of the

Irish National Congress, Sean Sherwin, John O’ Mahoney, Paddy O’

Regan, Charlie Murphy and John Mc Kay”.

Donal Donelly is the author of the recent book, “ Prisoner

1082” (Collins Press, Cork) about his great escape in 1960 from the

infamous Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast. This is a very important book,

especially for Irish-Americans who want to learn more about the

1956-1962 period.