The Legendary Lugs Branigan Ireland s Most Famed Garda

“The Formidable and Uncompromising Detective Sergeant Jim 'Lugs' Branigan,” p. 53. 2. “I Am No Bullyboy,” Evening Herald, 23 January 1973, p. 6. 3.

Author: Kevin C. Kearns

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 071715937X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Garda and guardian. Protector and punisher. This is ‘Lugs’ Branigan: the man, the legend. The story of ‘Lugs’ Branigan is a tale that is long overdue. It is a story of extraordinary courage and compassion, a story of heroism and altruism, a story of crime, punishment and redemption. The legend of ‘Lugs’’s career as Ireland’s most famous garda (police officer), founded on his physical strength and the manner in which he faced up to the criminal gangs of Dublin over the course of fifty years, is part of Dublin’s folk history. In The Legendary ‘Lugs’ Branigan, bestselling historian Kevin C. Kearns presents a revealing and unvarnished portrait of the man and his life, authenticated by the oral testimony of family members, friends and Garda mates who stood with him through the most harrowing and poignant experiences. Born in the Liberties of Dublin in 1910, Jim Branigan was, by his own admission, a shy, scrawny ‘sissy’ as a lad. Cruelly beaten by bullies in the railway yard where he worked during his teens, he refused to fight back. Yet he went on to become a heavyweight boxing champion and to earn the ‘undisputed reputation as the country's toughest and bravest garda’. Chief Superintendent Edmund Doherty proclaimed him ‘one of those people who become a legend in his own time’. As a garda he refused to carry a baton, relying upon his fists. He took on the vicious ‘animal gangs’ of the 1930s and 40s and in the ‘Battle of Baldoyle’ broke their reign of terror. In the 1950s he quelled the wild ‘rock-and-roll riots’ and tamed the ruffian Teddy boys with their flick-knives. All the while, he was dealing with Dublin's full array of gurriers and criminals. As a devotee of American Western films and books, Branigan emulated the sheriffs by doling out his unique ‘showdown’ brand of summary justice to hooligans and thugs on the street. In the 1960s his riot squad with its Garda ‘posse’ patrolled Dublin's roughest districts in their ‘black Maria’. They contended with the most dangerous rows and riots in the streets, dancehalls and pubs. The cry ‘Lugs is here!’ could instantly scatter a disorderly crowd. Ironically, for all his fame as a tough, fearless garda, he was most beloved for his humanity and compassion. His role as guardian of the battered women of the tenements and as protector and father figure of the city's piteous prostitutes—or ‘pavement hostesses’, as he called them—was unrecorded in the press and hushed up by the Garda brass. Yet, Garda John Collins vouches, ‘Women … oh, he was God to them!’ Upon retirement he entered his ‘old gunfighter’ years; ageing and vulnerable, he became a target for old foes bent on revenge and for ‘young guns’ seeking a quick reputation. A man with a reputation powerful enough to echo through generations of Dubliners, the legendary ‘Lugs’ Branigan finally has a book worthy of his story.

The Legendary Lugs Branigan

James Christopher 'Lugs' Branigan was a garda who became a legend in his own lifetime.

Author: Kevin C. Kearns

Publisher: Gill Books

ISBN: 9780717168293

Category: Police

Page: 380

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James Christopher 'Lugs' Branigan was a garda who became a legend in his own lifetime. An advocate of tough justice, he was a law unto himself. Indeed, 'he had the scars to show he earned the undisputed reputation as the country's toughest and bravest cop'.

The Liberties

'Lugs'. Branigan. Nor surprisinglyin these terrible andharrowing livingconditions, violence was at times a feature of life in The Liberties.

Author: Maurice Curtis

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 075249032X

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 622

Following the murder of Thomas á Becket, King Henry II came to Ireland. He decreed that an abbey be founded in his memory, and the monks that founded it were to be free from city taxes and rates. This ‘Liberty’ expanded and took in the part of Dublin which today is known as the Liberties, one of Dublin’s oldest and most interesting parts of the capital, occupying a unique place in Ireland’s social and cultural history. In this book, author Maurice Curtis explores this fascinating history and its significance to the people of Dublin.

Policing Twentieth Century Ireland

Kearns cites women using Lugs as a threat to abusive husbands: 'I'll get Brannigan and he'll chastise you' (2006: 125). When it came to young boys doing ...

Author: Vicky Conway

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135089558

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 769

The twentieth century was a time of rapid social change in Ireland: from colonial rule to independence, civil war and later the Troubles; from poverty to globalisation and the Celtic Tiger; and from the rise to the fall of the Catholic Church. Policing in Ireland has been shaped by all of these changes. This book critically evaluates the creation of the new police force, an Garda Síochána, in the 1920s and analyses how this institution was influenced by and responded to these substantial changes. Beginning with an overview of policing in pre-independence Ireland, this book chronologically charts the history of policing in Ireland. It presents data from oral history interviews with retired gardaí who served between the 1950s and 1990s, giving unique insight into the experience of policing Ireland, the first study of its kind in Ireland. Particular attention is paid to the difficulties of transition, the early encounters with the IRA, the policing of the Blueshirts, the world wars, gangs in Dublin and the growth of drugs and crime. Particularly noteworthy is the analysis of policing the Troubles and the immense difficulties that generated. This book is essential reading for those interested in policing or Irish history, but is equally important for those concerned with the legacy of colonialism and transition.

Ireland 1963

Finally, Dublin's most famous garda, Jim 'Lugs' Branigan, and his imposing squad had to be called in to quell the threats and violence.

Author: Kevin C. Kearns

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 071718076X

Category: History

Page: 368

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For over 30 years, renowned author and historian Kevin C. Kearns has been recording and publishing the valuable memories and recollections of Dubliners. In his latest book, he revisits the extraordinary year of 1963, bringing to life the voices of the ordinary people who lived through it in a way no conventional history could match. It was a year like no other. Not for any one monumental event, but for an astonishing sequence of occurrences – triumphs and tragedies, joys and sorrows – that spanned all twelve months. Ireland 1963 deftly records the unrelenting roller coaster ride of dramas, traumas and mysteries of that year: a biblical-like flash flood, tenement collapses and victims, the liberating Bingo Craze, and a frightening ‘mystery caller’ posing as a priest. And, of course, it was the year of President Kennedy’s rapturous four-day visit to Ireland. The year reached its climax with fear for thirty Irish passengers aboard the liner Lakonia, “ablaze and sinking” at sea during Christmas week. Yet, a series of happy and frolicsome events throughout the year balanced people’s emotions and brought great joy to their lives. Such a bewildering and fascinating year demands a grass-roots type of social history, one that is biographical in nature. Kevin C. Kearns humanises these events by relying on oral history from participants and observers who were on the scene over fifty years ago. Their words and emotions bring a riveting authenticity and immediacy to this wondrous biography of the extraordinary year of 1963.

Growing Up So High

Shonny Maher's father was talking toanother policeman about the latest stunt by Lugs Branigan, which involved him ordering a suspectto keep still, ...

Author: Sean O'Connor

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444743104

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Seán O'Connor was born in Francis Street, in the Liberties of Dublin, a neighbourhood famous over the centuries for the sturdy independence of its people. Now, in this evocative and affectionate book, he recollects the unique and colourful district of his childhood: the neighbours who lived there, their traditions, talk and lore, the music and poetry of the laneways and markets. Remembrances of the 1940s classroom, of bird-watching in Phoenix Park, of roaming towards adolescence in the streets of his ancestors are mingled with tales of ancient ghosts and the coming of change to the Liberties. O'Connor, father of the novelist Joseph, tells his story with honesty, warmth and style, and the often wry wit of his home-place. This tenderly written testament of one Liberties boy builds into a vivid and heart-warming picture of his own extended family as part of a proud community and its all-but-vanished way of life.

Dublin Folk Tales

LUGS. BRANNIGAN. Some people live their lives in as quiet and orderly a manner as possible, while others seem to want to cause as much disruption as they ...

Author: Brendan Nolan

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752480677

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 440

Have you heard the story of ‘Bang Bang’ Dudley, who roamed the streets of Dublin shooting anyone who caught his eye? Or of ‘Lugs’ Brannigan, the city’s most famous detective? Do you know who the real Molly Malone was, or the story of Marsh’s Library, or how the devil himself came to the Hellfire Club? These and many more accounts of Dubliners and Dublin City fill this book, as told by Brendan Nolan, a professional storyteller who has been recording these tales for decades. These are the stories of real Dublin, the stories that are passed from generation to generation and which give this city its unique character. To know Dublin is to know these characters, these stories, and the legends which have grown up around them.

It s a Long Way from Penny Apples

... Ann boxing Boyd, Stephen (film star) Boylan's Shoe Store boys boys clubs Bradshaw, Aidan Bradshaw, Colette Brannigan, Lugs Bray Brendan Road Brendan.

Author: Bill Cullen

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1466820918

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 843

Tis better to be born lucky than rich.... There are many ways to confront tragedy and hard times. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt's tragic--and ultimately uplifting--tale of how one man overcame adversity and found happiness in the New World is a compelling story that has touched thousands of readers. It's a Long Way from Penny Apples is another view of the Irish experience, another man's journey out of the grinding poverty that held an entire generation of Irishmen in its thrall. Poverty and its ills can rend a family apart and ruin countless lives, leaving individuals on their own to find their way, if they can, out of that despair and on to a new life. But not every family gives in to defeat. Sometimes the choice is to not leave anyone behind... and out of that love, a family can come together, using all their talents to bring all of their loved ones to a better place. Bill Cullen was lucky enough to have one such family. Born and bred in the rough inner city slums of Summerhill in Dublin, Bill was one of fourteen children. Selling on the streets from the age of six, be it fruit, flowers, newspapers, Christmas decorations, football colors, or programs, was a means of putting food on the table for Bill and his family. He finished school at thirteen to go on the street fulltime. In 1956 Bill got a job as a messenger boy for a pound a week at Waldens Ford Dealer in Dublin. Through hard work and unrelenting determination, Bill was appointed director general of the company, in 1965. Bill went on to set up the Firlane Motor Company which became the biggest Ford dealership in Ireland. In 1986 he took over the troubled Renault car distribution franchise from Waterford Crystal. His turnaround of that company into what is now the Glencullen Group is a business success story-the group now has an annual turnover of 250 million. Bill Cullen's story is an account of incredible poverty and deprivation in the Dublin slums. It highlights the frustration of a father and mother feeling their relationship crumble as they fight to give their children a better life. It's a story of courage, joy, and happiness--of how a mother gave inspiration and values to her children, saying to them, "The best thing I can give you is the independence to stand on your own feet." It's a Long Way from Penny Apples is nothing less than a modern-day Horatio Alger story, told with humor and love; a heartwarming tale of redemption and overcoming adversity by one of the most famous self-made men in Ireland At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology

Kearns, K. (2014) The Legendary 'Lugs Branigan'– Ireland's Most Famed Garda. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. Keogh, E. (1997) Illicit Drug Use and Related ...

Author: Deirdre Healy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317698177

Category: Social Science

Page: 606

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The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology is the first edited collection of its kind to bring together the work of leading Irish criminologists in a single volume. While Irish criminology can be characterised as a nascent but dynamic discipline, it has much to offer the Irish and international reader due to the unique historical, cultural, political, social and economic arrangements that exist on the island of Ireland. The Handbook consists of 30 chapters, which offer original, comprehensive and critical reviews of theory, research, policy and practice in a wide range of subject areas. The chapters are divided into four thematic sections: Understanding crime examines specific offence types, including homicide, gangland crime and white-collar crime, and the theoretical perspectives used to explain them. Responding to crime explores criminal justice responses to crime, including crime prevention, restorative justice, approaches to policing and trial as well as post-conviction issues such as imprisonment, community sanctions and rehabilitation. Contexts of crime investigates the social, political and cultural contexts of the policymaking process, including media representations, politics, the role of the victim and the impact of gender. Emerging ideas focuses on innovative ideas that prompt a reconsideration of received wisdom on particular topics, including sexual violence and ethnicity. Charting the key contours of the criminological enterprise on the island of Ireland and placing the Irish material in the context of the wider European and international literature, this book is essential reading for those involved in the study of Irish criminology and international and comparative criminal justice.

Dublin Street Life and Lore An Oral History of Dublin s Streets and their Inhabitants

His latest book, The Legendary “LugsBranigan: Ireland's Most Famed Garda, will be published in 2014. About Gill & Macmillan Gill & Macmillan's story ...

Author: Kevin C. Kearns

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 071716568X

Category: History

Page: 245

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The first half of this century was the heyday of Dublin’s vibrant and bustling traditional street life. Now in Dublin’s Street Life and Lore, through the vivid oral histories of the participants themselves, Professor Kevin Kearns chronicles this rich street life and lore for future generations. The fascinating and often poignant verbal testimonies of Dublin’s last surviving tram drivers, lamplighters, market traders, street dealers, spielers, buskers, local characters and others of their vanishing breed, comprise a wholly original and captivating personal historical record of Dublin’s long renowned street life, told in Professor Kearns’s uniquely engaging and informative style. Dublin Street Life and Lore: Table of Contents Introduction Dublin Street Life and Oral Urbanlore Historical Perspectives on Dublin Street Types Street Figures of Yesteryear Lamplighters Dockers Postmen Chimney Sweep Signwriter Pawnbroker Fortune Teller Dealers, Spielers, Vendors and Collectors Market and Street Dealers Spieler Newspaper Vendors Scrap Collectors Transport and Vehicles Men Jarveys Tram Drivers Pioneer Cabbie Bicycle and Car Parkers Busman Animal Dealers, Drovers and Fanciers Drovers Horse Dealers Pig Raiser Bird Market Men Pigeon Fanciers Entertainers and Performers Buskers Pavement Artists Mimes and Clowns Bardic Street Poets


In the second round he was cutting the head off me, and the referee, boxer and legendary garda Lugs Branigan, stepped in and stopped the fight, ...

Author: Tosh Lavery

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1844883590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 138

'An extraordinary book ... a remarkable story' Mark Cagney, TV3 'A fascinating book' Matt Cooper, Today FM 'Quite a read ... fascinating ... a book that people who don't normally read books would find very readable' Seán O'Rourke, RTE 'The classic maverick copper ... but always with his heart in the right place ... fascinating' Irish Independent 'Unflinching ... extraordinary ... fascinating' Irish Daily Mail 'There is no training course in the world that will set you up for dead bodies.' During thirty years in the Garda Sub-Aqua Unit Tosh Lavery worked on many murders and most of Ireland's missing persons cases, as well as high profile investigations such as the Whiddy Island disaster and the Mountbatten assassination. The unit was a perfect fit for a maverick like Tosh. He became obsessed with a job that demanded utter dedication and total fearlessness. But along the way, he battled alcoholism and his marriage ended. Tosh's story is an uncompromising and revealing look at the macho world of the guards and what it's really like on the inside.

Working Class Heroines

... often beside his legendary partner, Lugs Branigan, and had the greatest compassion for mothers mistreated, great friends some of them.

Author: Kevin C. Kearns

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717162702

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 908

In Working Class Heroines acclaimed historian Kevin C. Kearns brings us the voices of the forgotten women of Dublin’s tenements. If it weren’t for his work the lives of these everyday heroines would be lost forever. Based on 30 years of research spent interviewing and recording the life stories of the working-class women of Dublin, it covers the squalid tenement days of the early 1900s, through the mid-century decades of ‘slumland’ block flats, and into the 1970s when deadly drugs infiltrated poor neighbourhoods, terrifying mothers and stealing away their children. What emerges is an intimate and poignant celebration of the mammies and grannies who held the fabric of family life in an environment of hardship and, often, cruelty. Through vivid tales of how they coped with grinding poverty, huge families, pitiless landlords, the oppressive Church, dictatorial priests, feckless and often abusive husbands, these remarkable women shine with astonishing dignity, wit, pride and a resilient spirit, despite their struggles. Working Class Heroines gives voice and pays tribute to the long silent, unsung heroines who were the indispensable caretakers of both family and community, and remains one of the most important Irish feminist documents of our times. “The ordinary woman has long been absent from our national narrative. I think we should be grateful that Working Class Heroines exists, and we can benefit now from listening to these voices.’ Ellen Coyne, The Sunday Times

Come Home to Erin

Not many argued with Lugs Branigan and his squad ofheavies The children loved the new cclassroom. “Me old fella did that. Naw it was mine” The room looked ...

Author: Tom Melican

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479741884

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 356

Hannah wa s hom e and back in the shop. Her sister Ruth was now engaged to be married to Daniel Crossan, She was supposed to be sharing a flat with a girlfriend but she was sharung the flat with Daniel. In reality they were living together. What her father would have made of her living in sin was beyond anyone s imagination. Sometimes she took Daniel home for Sunday lunch and on other Sundays she took another teacher namedTeresa her supposed flatmate to the Garton homestead just to have her parents believe that Teresa shared the flat. Daniel worked in The Northern Bank and he would get very favourable mortgage terms and they were saving for a deposit. David Robinson would no doubt help them in this but as Hannah was slowly discovering there was no great fortune from Garton. to share out. She was able to read the accounts now. They made depressing reading.

Poet Madman Scoundrel

James “LugsBranigan (1910–1986) was a boxer and a policeman who originated the Dirty Harry approach to Dublin's street crime.

Author: David Slattery

Publisher: Orpen Press

ISBN: 1871305969

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction


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Following on from the bestselling success of How to Be Irish, David Slattery has penned Poet, Madman, Scoundrel: 189 Unusual Irish Lives, another witty and insightful book about the Irish, this time looking at the famous, infamous and not-so-famous (but very interesting) characters in Irish history. Taking history on his own terms, but with rigorous research, David brings together a collection of characters from across the centuries, including magicians, soldiers, sailors, scientists, writers, highwaymen, saints, actors, sportspeople and rebels. Every character earns his/her place in this surprising and amusing book that gives a fresh take on classroom Irish history. The result is a humorous and intriguing romp through the centuries.

Going Home

She comes from the famous garda “ LugsBranigan family . The late lamented "
Lugs ” sadly didn ' t live up to the family tradition of longevity : he died last year
aged seventy - two . Only last year Chrissie went to Tipperary ( her home county )

Author: Dorine V. Reihill

Publisher: Poolbeg Press

ISBN: 9780905169941

Category: Crash injuries

Page: 92

View: 231

Streets Broad and Narrow

Ah , the police were very hard on us years ago . Not because we ' d be robbing or
doing anything , but just because we were the travelling people . ” ( Margaret
Doran Murphy , traveller ) 66 TRAVELLING PEOPLE IN THE CITY " Lugs
Branigan ...

Author: Kevin Corrigan Kearns

Publisher: Irish Books & Media


Category: Dublin (Ireland)

Page: 180

View: 524

Social geographer Kevin C. Kearns has been exploring the urban landscape of inner-city Dublin for almost 30 years. His oral histories amount to a chronicle of Dublin city life in recent generations.

The Little Book of Irish Boxing

Jim 'Branno' Brannigan served the Garda Síochána with distinction from 1931 ... in a local paper and Brannigan was afforded the nickname 'Lugs' by locals.

Author: Barry Flynn

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0750965843

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

View: 765

A concise history of all the major figures in Irish boxing, from Dan Donnelly to Katy Taylor, this new book from highly experienced author Barry Flynn will be a must for fans of Irish boxing all over the world. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about this ancient sport.

The Guarding of Ireland The Garda S och na and the Irish State 1960 2014

Its best-known member was Detective Jim Brannigan, (known as 'Lugs' for his cauliflower ears) a champion boxer who kept order in the city centre at night.

Author: Conor Brady

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717159345

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 232

A very timely analysis of the Garda Síochána, the Irish police force, as it navigates one of the most difficult years since its foundation. It is a story marked by success and failure, by attempted reform and resistance to change, by outstanding individual performance and deplorable lapses in discipline. More than an account of policing and politics, this is the story of the Republic's troubled coming of age. In this excellent history of the Garda Síochána, the Irish police force, Conor Brady, the most authoritative historian of Irish policing, explores its successes, its failures and the biggest challenges it has faced from 1960 to 2014, and looks at the recent spate of crises around the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), leading to the resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, that have rocked the force to its very core. Beginning with one of the Gardaí’s greatest tests – maintaining the security of the Irish State during the Northern crisis and the Troubles – Brady goes on to chronicle the emergence of guns in Irish criminal life and the rapid expansion of the domestic drug trade and related gangland warfare, focussing on the interactions of the Gardaí and major Irish crime kingpins including Martin ‘the General’ Cahill, Gerard ‘the Monk’ Hutch and John Gilligan, alleged killer of Veronica Guerin. Acknowledged as one of the successes of the independent Irish State, the Garda Síochána has not been without its flaws and its failings, and the author does not shy away from exploring these. The Guarding of Ireland comprehensively covers the recent crisis surrounding the alleged bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), privacy concerns in relation to the recording of Garda phone calls, and the penalty points/whistle-blower controversy that led to the resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Other fascinating subjects explored are how the supposed operational independence of the organisation has led to clashes with those in political authority, from Charlie Haughey to Desmond O’Malley, the difficulties surrounding structural reform and the author's thesis that there is a distinct correlation between the political health of the State and the way its police discharge their functions. ‘The Guarding of Ireland focuses on Irish policing from 1969, which saw both the publication of the Conroy report and the commencement of the Troubles, up to the current and ongoing scandals that this year have led to the resignation of both a commissioner and a minister for justice … [The Guarding of Ireland] is &hellip as much an analysis of the politics of policing as it is of the policing itself. The Troubles, the modernisation of the force, and the rise in crime, drugs and organised crime are all documented in a style that is detailed but still engaging. Vicky Conway, The Irish Times Weekend Review ‘[The Guarding of Ireland] traces the history of An Garda Síochána from 1960 to the present day. It is a fascinating narrative that should be compulsory reading for anybody associated with the current attempts to reform the force, and how it is governed … For every vignette of personal heroism, like that of Garda [Michael] Reynolds, for every case of dedicated public service from individual members, there are also examples of a culture that leaves much to be desired. What emerges from these pages is that the culture within the force is attributable, to a great extent, to attitudes and oversight from its political masters. In this regard, nothing looms as large as the darkest days of the Troubles. Mick Clifford, Irish Examiner

Another Country Growing Up In 50s Ireland

... mischievous or bold, scarpered in fear of Lugs Brannigan. More than once I did a runner myself, but it was never the real Lugs, just a normal copper, ...

Author: Gene Kerrigan

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717166562

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 231

View: 605

From First Communions to CIÉ Mystery Tours – the heartwarming story of award-winning journalist Gene Kerrigan’s childhood in Dublin in the ’50s In his highly addictive style, Gene Kerrigan effortlessly reconstructs the Ireland of the 1950s and early ’60s in which he grew up. An adult world of absolute moral certainties, casual cruelties and mass emigration; for children an age of innocence, but an innocence hemmed in by fear and guilt. In this brilliant and humorous memoir, Kerrigan tells of a world that now seems as distant as another country. Into the details of school, street and family life, of Christmas, First Communion, school violence, CIE Mystery Tours and the arrival of television are woven the political background of the day and recollections of the impact of major figures: Michael O Hehir, Seán Lemass, Eamon ‘Dev’ De Valera, JFK, not to mention Hector Grey, Shane, Davy Crockett and Audie Murphy. It’s a compelling, touching and often very funny account of a happy childhood in a country that was itself far from happy.