Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Sometimes writing my reviews in this blog leads to wonderful developments. After I posted my thoughts on Conor Brady's "A June of Ordinary Murders" he contacted me to thank me for the review and let me know that he would be visiting libraries in September and would be happy to visit the branch in Bailieborough where I work. I'm very happy that I can now announce that it has all been arranged and Conor Brady will be visiting us on Thursday September 6. Below is a press-statement as written jointly by Fiona Burke and me:

"Cavan County Library Service is delighted to welcome journalist & author, Conor Brady, who will visit Bailieborough Library for a reading from his new novel, “A June of Ordinary Murders”. He will also answer questions and sign copies of his books.
“A June of Ordinary Murders” is an historical mystery set in Dublin during the great heat-wave of 1887. The city is getting ready for a royal visit as part of the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. Political unrest sweeps through the city and the police force is apprehensive about a possible assassination attempt.
In the midst of all this activity the bodies of a man and young boy are found in The Phoenix Park and it is up to Detective Joe Swallow to investigate these ordinary (not politically motivated) murders.

“A June of Ordinary Murders” is a well plotted and beautifully written mystery as well as a fascinating portrait of Dublin in times gone by. It deals with all facets of life in Dublin at the time, touching on political and social issues.

Conor Brady has worked for RTE, was editor of the Sunday Tribune, and also editor of the Irish Times from 1986-2002. Brady was a member of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission from 2006-2011. He has published two other non-fiction books.

“Up With the Times” deals with the way in which The Irish Times both managed and made the news during the years 1986 – 2002 when Brady worked for the paper as its editor.
This account of editing “The Irish Times” is a frank and engaging journey to the heart of a great Irish institution.

“Guardians of the Peace” is a political history of the Irish Police or Garda Síochána from its formation in the early 1920’s and as such gives both an insight into the development of this organisation and a wider look at Ireland since independence.

All three books mentioned above are available from Cavan Libraries.

Conor Brady will be in Bailieborough Library on Thursday September 6, from 7PM – 8.30PM. Admission will be free and all are welcome. For further information please call the library at 042 9665779"

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