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London launch of Gerry Conlon book `In the Name of the Son' will celebrate his life

Richard O'Rawe and Gerry Conlon.

PADDY Hill is to speak at the London launch of a new book about the late Gerry Conlon later this month.

Author Richard O'Rawe, former republican prisoner and close friend of Mr Conlon, said the event at the Irish Centre in Camden on October 20 will be a celebration of his life.

`In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story', which includes a foreward from Hollywood star Johnny Depp, takes up the story after the Guildford Four's release from prison and details the battles Mr Conlon later faced.

The book was officially launched in Belfast last Friday.

It includes details of how the miscarriage of justice victim spent the best part of £120,000 in six weeks on crack cocaine as he struggled to come to terms with life outside prison.

Mr Conlon, who is survived by his sisters Ann McKernan and Bridie Brennan, died in 2014. He had suffered from lung cancer.

Paddy Hill, one of the Birmingham Six who were wrongly convicted of the 1974 pub bombings, was a close friend of Mr Conlon.

He has been invited to speak at the London launch.

"Gerry lived in London for 10 years so it was an obvious choice," Mr O'Rawe said.

"He had lots of friends in London and it was actually people from London who asked for the launch. We weren't going to do one there, but people said there must be one.

"It will be full of his old friends and will be a celebration of his life.

"Gerry Conlon wouldn't want tears - there was too much life in him for tears. He would want everybody laughing.

"It's going to be something else."

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