Longford Library to host launch of new book by Longford resident Seamus McRory

‘Crossing the Divide’ is a memoir written by the Derry native

Longford Library, as part of Longford County Council, is delighted to host the launch of ‘Crossing the Divide’ a memoir written by Longford resident Seamus McRory. 

The book launch will take place in Longford Library on Thursday, 19 October at 7pm and will be officiated at by by GAA President, Larry McCarthy. Master of ceremonies on the occasion will be Ciaran Mullooly and the public are welcome to attend.

Seamus McRory is a Derry native, and resident of Longford for over forty years.  He is the author of six other books, many relating to the GAA, which is a passion of his.

This book tells the stories of several prominent figures, past and present, in the worlds of sport, politics and music. Amongst those included are Seán MacEoin, Albert Reynolds, Sir Henry Wilson, Philomena Begley, David Trimble, Minister Heather Humphreys, Tommie Gorman and Fr Bernard McGuckian. Seamus also looks at the careers of some fellow alumni of St Patrick’s College, Armagh. 

Seamus said, “I wanted to talk about many people who are household names on both sides of the border and in some cases, draw parallels. My own experience of political activism in the early days of the Troubles helped to shape this book. It is a memoir which draws-in people who have influenced our society, north and south, in so many ways,” he added. 

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Colm Murray, welcomed the publication. “I congratulate Seamus on this wonderful book. It is full of human interest and insight, and will be enjoyed by many”, he said.

Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon is impressed by the range of subjects. “The book contains a remarkable variety of personalities. I think the cross-border aspect of it is important, and it’s something that only someone with Seamus’s life experience can bring to it,” he commented.

The book will be on sale for €20 in various local outlets. Please note that electronic payment will not be available for sales at the launch.