'Bombs, Bullets and The Border - Policing Ireland's Frontier; Irish Security Policy,
1969 - 1978' is the name and the content of a book written by Patrick Mulroe and
launched by Paraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA, in the County Monaghan Museum,
Hill Street, Monaghan on Friday, April 7th 2017. If ever the need for a new and larger
Museum was evident it was on Friday night as over 200 people arrived for this Book
Launch. Indeed the Museum was a very appropriate place for the launch as the current
Exhibition in the Museum is - 'The Watchmen – Policing, Crime and Punishment in Monaghan'
- a fantastic exhibition which should be visited by everyone. Liam Bradley, Museum
Curator, introduced the launch, stating that he was a fellow student with Patrick
in St. Macartan's College and that he is delighted to host the launch. He welcomed
all and introduced the first speaker who was Conor Graham, representing the publishers
- Irish Academic Press. Conor spoke of the excellent work of the author and how it
was a pleasure to work with him in the preparation of the book publication. He thanked
him for his attention to detail and his ability to meet deadlines. He praised the
research and told that already there was international and national interest in the
book and its content. Patrick, the author, was next to speak and rather than give
details of content he told us how the book came about as part of his PhD studies
and the thinking behind its publication. He has written it in a very readable style
and knows that the information contained is very important for details of a very
important historic period in Irish history. He thanked all who helped and supported
him during his work on the book and was delighted to see the number of people who
had come to the launch. He hoped that all would enjoy the book. He then called on
Paraic Duffy to perform the launch. Paraic, who was Patrick's career teacher in St.
Macartan's College, spoke of Patrick, the student, and congratulated him on his achievement
at studies and in the production of this marvellous book. He had read the book and
found it a very enjoyable and easy book to read and contains exceptional information
which will be an accurate record of life in North Monaghan and the border region
during the 1970's. He wished Patrick every success and officially launched the book.
The book was in great demand and a long queue formed to have it signed by the author.
I am looking forward to reading my copy and you can purchase yours in Easons and
other outlets. Patrick is on the teaching staff of Our Lady's School, Castleblayney,
and staff members, former pupils, colleagues from Emyvale Cycling Club, his former
teachers from Corracrin NS and St. Macartan's, his family, neighbours, friends, historians
and a host of interested people were in attendance. No doubt this book will be a
must to grace the shelves in many a house. WE have pictured some of those getting
the signing and at the bottom of page you can click on Patrick's image to hear a
short interview with him.