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Author Tim Pat Coogan to speak at Co Derry Easter Rising event

Author Tim Pat Coogan will visit Bellaghy in south Derry this weekend to talk about eh Easter Rising
Connla Young

ONE of Ireland’s best known writers and historians is to take part in a talk in Co Derry this weekend about the 1916 Easter Rising.

Tim Pat Coogan will be joined in Bellaghy by former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, who will chair the discussion.

The event has been organised by former Magherafelt councillor Oliver Hughes, who is a brother of IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes.

A former editor of the now defunct Irish Press newspaper, Mr Coogan is one of Ireland’s best known journalists and authors.

Previous works include The IRA: Ireland since the Rising and On the Blanket - the H-Block Story.

He also wrote acclaimed autobiographies about 1916 leaders Éamon de Valera and Michael Collins who later went on to negotiate the Treaty with the British.

He has written extensively about the Rising and published his latest book last year, 1916: The Mornings After.

Mr Hughes said he was delighted that the author and historian had accepted his in invitation to speak in Bellaghy.

“This meeting has been arranged to acknowledge the centenary of the Easter Rising, and to explain how it had shaped our Ireland of today,” he said.

Mr Coogan’s father Ned was an IRA man who took part in the ‘War of Independence' before becoming a deputy commissioner of the newly formed Garda Síochána and sitting as a Fine Gael TD.

Mr Hughes said also said Mr Morrison had “a crucial role in public events during the Troubles”.

The talk will take place at Bellaghy Wolf Tones GAC at 8pm on Saturday.

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