Seamus to launch ‘poetic memoirs’ in city on Monday

Seamus McRory will launch his collection this coming Monday at Central Library, Foyle Street. (111013JC3)
Seamus McRory will launch his collection this coming Monday at Central Library, Foyle Street. (111013JC3)

A new book, ‘The Dove of Peace - A Memoir of Poetic Reflections’, penned by a retired school principal will be launched at Derry Central Library on Monday evening.

Seamus McRory, from South Derry, will see his beautifully written anthology launched by Derry’s Mayor, Colr. Martin Reilly, with support from Derry’s Culture Company.

The collection of 40 narratives include a poignant trilogy of poems directly inspired by the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972.

“From a Derry city and county perspective and, indeed, beyond, the Trilogy on Bloody Sunday was the most difficult yet the most fulfilling part of the book to write,” Seamus told the ‘Journal’.

“To my mind the blatant discrimination and institutionalised gerrymandering was at the core of all our political problems in the northern part of our country. The people who needlessly died and those who were badly injured were the unwitting and certainly unwilling heroes who eventually paved the way for a better and more peaceful Derry and, by extension, a more peaceful Northern Ireland.”

This unique and diverse collection is a personal memoir of a literary artist whose interests cover a wide spectrum of Irish political, sporting and historical life. Seamus’ former English lecturer at teachertraining college, the late poet Seamus Heaney, also features. Seamus explains: “I had been in his first class and one day he came in and told us that he had written a few poems and put them into a book. He then gave us each a copy of ‘Death of a Naturalist’. A few months ago I actually sent to Seamus Heaney what I had written about him, and he wrote back a lovely letter thanking me for remembering that famous day.”

Seamus McRory was born in Lissan, South Derry, and is the author of several books, including ‘The Voice from the Sideline: Famous GAA Managers’ (1997).

‘The Dove of Peace - A Memoir of Poetic Reflections’ will be launched at Derry Central Library this Monday, October 14, at 7pm. All are welcome.