Posted By: July 17, 2012

Pat Dwyer (seated), Barbara Flaherty and Moira Reilly

The author with nephews Gerard and Sean Mc Manus

The Author with Mary Holt Moore


CAPITOL HILL. JULY 15, 2012 — It may have been a coincidence, but it was nonetheless very meaningful to Fr. Sean Mc Manus: the day he appeared at the Rockland County Feis , July 15, was the 54th. Anniversary of his brother Patrick’s death, July 15, 1958.

Fr. Mc Manus — president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus -– was there to promote the American Edition of his Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland. The book is dedicated to the memory of his patriot brother Patrick who was killed “ on active service with the IRA” in the 1956-1962 IRA Campaign, often called The Border Campaign.
Fr. Mc Manus said:“It was very powerful and beautiful to me that Patrick was prayed for during the Mass at the Feis. I am deeply grateful to Mrs. Pat Dwyer, Chairlady, who invited and encouraged  me to attend. She is a wonderful lady, a great leader and a superb organizer. My old friend and Fermanagh neighbor Mattie Reilly and his wife Moira could not have been more gracious and helpful. And I was delighted to see another old friend, John Foody.”

Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “I am deeply touched by how much people love my book. I am regularly told that they have read it several times. And now the American Edition — with 50 more pages and 22 more photos, bringing the story right up to 2012 – is even more popular than the Irish Edition (the first edition published in 2011). Another nice thing is that not one person has been able to point out one factual error in the entire book. They just know it is truthful and authentic. I was very honored that the great Bill Flynn, Chairman Emeritus, Mutual of America, declared, “ The book’s authenticity is its crowning glory.”