Posts categorized “Memoir”

Tim Pat interviewed on RTÉ TV’s Nationwide


On RTÉ TV’s Nationwide, Tim Pat Coogan tells Mary Kennedy about his life and the works that have made him familiar to Irish history lovers.


Memoirs of a newsman


A.P. Maginness interviews Tim Pat Coogan for The Irish News, taking a broad sweep through his life and recent memoir…

“I am gratified by the number of people that ask me why I have written this memoir now. I am glad that they think I have so much time left in me,” he laughs.


When the Writer Becomes the Subject


Cahir O’Doherty at IrishCentral.com writes

“Tim Pat Coogan, the legendary Irish editor, historian and critic, has just published a vivid new memoir throwing light on his five decades in Irish pubic life. Celebrated for his groundbreaking studies of the IRA, Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, to date Coogan has written only about other people, never himself. But now, he’s discovered the unexpected rewards of telling his own tale.”

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Hear Tim Pat on the challenges of autobiography – BBC Radio Ulster


Hear Tim Pat Coogan discuss the challenges of autobiography and some of the themes in his new Memoir as he joins William Crawley on Radio Ulster’s Book Programme.


Coogan Tells All


IrishCentral.com reviews Tim Pat Coogan’s new memoir…

“Coogan quite simply is the world’s leading authority on the IRA, and his book is a fascinating insight into how the peace process came about… The book reveals for the first time that it was Coogan who was chosen by peace process priest Father Alec Reid to make the initial contact with the Irish government on behalf of Sinn Fein.”

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“Writing himself into Irish history”


Conor Brady, for today’s Irish Times, reviews Tim Pat Coogan’s memoir…

“Editor of the Irish Press for almost two decades, author of a dozen books on Irish history and culture, Tim Pat Coogan’s many-stranded memoir is an instructive prism through which to view some aspects of the evolution of post-independence Ireland… It bespeaks love of country and love of life and it is punctuated with the sharp, dry humour that characterises the man.”


“So much to argue with in Tim Pat’s glorious memoir”


Read Mary Kenny’s review for the Irish Independent…

“The whole ensemble is a rich and glorious pot-pourri of Irish life and experiences over the 20th century, with which you can identify, empathise, and argue in equal measure…”


Blog (and book) launch


By Tim Pat Coogan

Blogland here I come!

Embarking on the journey to Blogdom is a fascinating undertaking.. I hope to have the time to explore this new world thoroughly, not merely for the intrinsic interest of the project, but because it gives me the opportunity of thanking the great number of people who have written to me at my web site. I seem to have got e-mails from everywhere. Not merely from Ireland and the obvious countries of the Irish diaspora, England, America, Canada and Australia, but from places like Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Greece and Latin America.

In contrast to what they try to tell you in some universities interest in Irish history is widespread and seemingly growing.

I have not always been able to answer all the queries and comments which land electronically on my desk at “Eventually”, the name of my house. My hope is that eventually I will manage to reply to everyone individually, but for the moment may I be allowed to use this first blog to say a collective “thank you.”

Writing on the morning after the McCain Obama debate, in the midst of a global economic crisis triggered by the sub-prime debacle, with wars raging in Afghanistan and Iraq,  I find that concerns on all these issue overshadow the thoughts and preoccupations a writer would normally be expected to have on the eve of the launch of their memoirs (On Tuesday next, September 30th)

I feel as though America, the leader of the democratic family of nations, the country I know and love, has been taken over by an incompetent, murderously inclined clique who should be facing trial as war criminals. Apart from the loss of some four thousand American lives in Iraq they have been responsible for close on six hundred thousand Iraqi casualties in a war begun in a fog of lies and deceit to make the world safe for Haliburton. The marionette’s glove has Bush’s face on it but the hand that manipulated it was Cheney’s and behind him the greedy world of Corporate CEOdom that has created a world crisis.

During their eight years in the White House the Republican leadership, the representatives of what is traditionally viewed as the party of business, have devalued the dollar and set at serious risk not merely the economy of the people who elected them, but those of  countries all round the world. For some years now, looking on, as China and Russia grow inexorably stronger I have felt increasingly that I was re-living the Fall of the Roman Empire.

The dull thud last Friday as Bush’s financial czar, Paulson, went down on his knees in the White House Cabinet  Room to unavailing beg for the passage of the $750 billion dollar bail out package on which America and the world’s financial system depends, heightened that feeling.

It doesn’t seem credible that a Republican candidate for the said White House could still be in there with a shout, but there’s John McCain still moving forward with the Floozie with the Uzi  by his side. Should anything happen to the seventy two year old,  badly traumatised war veteran, Sarah Palin, who once campaigned that Alaska be separated from the US, likes machine guns, and taught her children to shoot moose, will be sitting on the seat now warmed by George Bush’s bottom

Not a pretty thought but, given the available evidence of George and Sarah’s thought processes, that could probably be construed as a symbolic  meeting of minds. Meanwhile, of course, back on the ranch the Irish Celtic Tiger economy has become not so much  striped as  scarified. Much of the pain is self-inflicted, an over-reliance on the building industry and “excessive leveraging”,  the corporate newspeak used to describe  the unlovely offspring born of insatiable coupling  between licentious borrower  and  irresponsibly bandoned lender.

Now the banks, which gave out umbrellas all round as the economic sun shone, are taking them back again as the storm clouds break. Firms, particularly US multi-nationals, are either closing, or packing up and departing towards sweat shop economies, Further departures are feared in the not too distant future. And there’s a hole the size of the Grand Canon in the Government’s tax receipts estimates.

Accordingly, though I admire John McCain’s personal virtues, ironically those praised by the ancient Romans, courage, loyalty and self-sacrifice, politically he’s a different matter. I found it very hard, in the midst of a recession triggered by his party,  to hear him during the presidential debate, extol the virtues of the low  Irish corporate tax rate and extend it as a model for America.

This is the sort of Republican spin doctor  rubbish we associate with the Karl Roves and his like. It obscures the political reality of the erosion of American civil liberties, the freedoms which George Bush claimed to be upholding as he bombed his way into control of Iraq’s oil.

If John McCain is that impressed by the Irish tax system it  would be helpful if he would pass on his views to the boardrooms of the multi-nationals now exiting, or planning to exit, Ireland’s shores.

Anyhow, as I said earlier it is literally the morning after ( the debate) so maybe my deression will lift as the hours pass and the book launch nears. The memoir has just hit the shops and already the response has been very encouraging. Thanks once again to everyone who e-mailed my web page and stand by for further, and, I hope, frequent excursions into the Wonderful World of Bloggers.


Dipping into Tim Pat’s memoir…


or ‘The day Ted Kennedy was caught short on Killiney Hill

“There is a great deal of material about the Irish Press, the North, Fianna Fail and other weighty matters in Tim Pat Coogan’s memoir, which will be published next week. But it is his stories about the people he has met, and the ones who mattered in his life, that make this book such an entertaining read.”

Today’s Irish Independent takes a sweep through some of the characters who figure in Tim Pat Coogan’s new memoir, to be published next week.

It will be fully reviewed by Mary Kenny in the newspaper next Saturday.


Irish Independent begins preview of Tim Pat’s memoir


Read Jerome Reilly’s preview of a chapter of Tim Pat Coogan’s memoir in the Sunday Independent