“Busmen in the Firing Line” is the biographical memoirs of Eugene O’Callaghan, a native of Crossmaglen. The book tells his personal story from growing up in Crossmaglen to being at the front line keeping the buses on the roads during the Troubles.
In the book, you see how Eugene’s upbringing in Crossmaglen influenced how he lived his life. He was a ‘dealin man’ from Crossmaglen with a razor sharp analytical mind, who tacked issues affecting pay and conditions.
He was always a champion of justice, his mothers house often resembled an advice clinic when his car was seen in the square. He helped many locals not only with their fights for rights in employment but also with other legal issues such as benefits.
Eugene died in April 2018 and before his death he set about writing his memoirs, in the hope that someone would pick up the fight he knew he would not live to complete – an injustice he wanted to put right on behalf of the busmen.
Eugene’s desire was to lunch his book in his home town of Crossmaglen, a desire his family have honoured. Bringing the story of his life full circle, finishing where it began, in Crossmaglen.
At the launch, local man Pat Mc Namee will share stories of his relationship with Eugene.
Liam Hughes, a former Shop Stewart in Ulster Bus, will be there to relate stories and answer questions of how Eugene handled all the issues which had to be faced by those on the buses during the Troubles.
The book has been published by the Ulster Historical Foundation, it can be pre-ordered at https://www.booksireland.org.uk/store/biographies. It will also be available to purchase on the night at the reduced price of £14.99
Contact Anne for more information telephone +447919026856 or email [email protected]
The event is part of the Mourne Gullion Strangford proposed UNESCO Global Geopark activity Programme