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Mattie Lennon Irish Author-THE STORY OF  A BRAVE GARDA Review

THE STORY OF  A BRAVE GARDA

By Mattie Lennon.

    “ In An Garda Siochana . . . loyalty is prized over Honesty.”   (Judge Peter Smithwick.)

  I have just  read a book which should appear on the bestseller list. If it doesn’t there is something wrong somewhere.

  Whistle-blowers and some Gardaí always got a bad press.  Whistle-blowers were called “squealers”, “Stool-Pigeons”, “rats” and many more uncomplimentary names. It’s not long ago since the editor of a provincial paper wrote in an Editorial, , “Those are the same sort of people who would slip in through the back door of the RIC barracks in the dead of night to inform on their neighbours in more turbulent times. They are the poisoned possessors of little minds.  . .”

   Acclaimed writer Stan Gebler Davis wrote, “Policemen, as a rule, are not very bright; if they were they wouldn’t be policeman.”

   One of the most famous whistle-blowers of recent times is Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe.    His story is told in a recently published book “A Force for Justice” by award-winning journalist Michael Clifford.  Michael was Print Journalist of the Year in 2014 and Newspaper Industries Journalist of the Year 2016. He has written many non-fiction bestsellers and crime fiction novels.

  Maurice McCabe didn’t set out to be a whistleblower but he did set out, from a very young age, to be a Garda.  As a twelve-year old schoolboy he made that clear.  When his class were given an exercise to map out their lives from the cradle to the grave young Maurice made it clear that he was   “  . . . going to be the head of the Guards one day.”   Calvin Harris said, “When I was eight I wanted to be a policeman so that I could tell people off.” Maurice McCabe didn’t want to be able to tell people off. He wanted to be a good cop who would do things right and make Ireland and the world a better place. His first application was rejected because he was an eighth of an inch too small.  On the second application he was deemed “too light to serve.”

  Tenacity and cohesion won the day ; he was accepted on the third attempt and in August 1985 Maurice McCabe walked into the Garda Training   College in Templemore, County Tipperary.  In 1999 he was promoted  to the rank of Sergeant.  As a sergeant in County Cavan he found the incompetence and corruption too much. In 2008 he complained  about shoddy and inadequate investigations into serious crime in County Cavan.  He paid a big price.  A rough ride lay ahead of him. He was at the receiving end of vilification, bullying and harassment.  Some of his subordinates turned against him. Commissioner Martin Callinan publically described his actions as “disgusting.”   When I saw the clip on television I asked myself, “Is this the sort of statement we should expect from a two-time  graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.”   Later Superintendent  David Taylor   admitted to Maurice, “ We wanted to destroy you.”

      When  Maurice McCabe’s  detractors  referred to him as a “stickler” it wasn’t meant as a compliment but all right-thinking people know that it means a person who insists on doing the right thing, and insists that others do it, unyieldingly.

In 2002 a penalty points system was introduced for a number of motoring offences, the most prominent being speeding.  This system along with the establishment of the Road Safety  Authority in 2006 led to a incredible reduction in road deaths.  When Sergeant Maurice McCabe discovered that a large number of Fixed Charge Notices were being cancelled by senior officers he did some digging.  The results have been well documented .  He showed that he was not part of the “blue glue”  which enabled  Gardai to stick together when they closed ranks.

  On  World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, 20th November 2016,  Sergeant Maurice McCabe was  presented with the ambassador of the Year Award for Road Safety and Road Victims. When the brave sergeant stepped up the    microphone he said,  “ I tried to make a difference and I think I have.”

   Martin Callinan retired  in  2014 and his successor, Commissioner Noreen O Sullivan, retired in August 2017.  The commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland has warned the government not to appoint a new commissioner too quickly. It could be six months before the next commissioner is appointed.   But what sort of a person do we want in the position?   Sunday Independent journalist  Eoghan Harris put it in a nutshell,  ” What the Garda needs right now is a fearless Irish cop cut from the same  cloth as Maurice McCabe”.

  Maurice McCabe and his family have travelled a horrific journey and Michael Clifford brings the reader every step of the way with them.

   “ A Force for Justice” is published by Hachette Books Ireland  and details are available from Sharon Plunkett at; Sharon@plunkettpr.com

  Mattie Lennon <mattielennon@gmail.com

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- September 17, 1017 Writers Forum Alan M. Petrillo Presents Writing Historical Fiction: Getting It Right 

The Society of Southwestern Authors
 Forum
September 17th, 2017
At the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites)
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Tucson
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Hotel Tucson. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Hotel Tucson.
  Alan M. Petrillo
Presents
Writing Historical Fiction: Getting It Right 
 Al is the author of 3 historical mysteries, and 5 books on historical military firearms. Al lives in Tucson. He writes full-time for national, regional and local magazines and newspapers. 
 
**SSA is changing up our meeting and our format.
Our format will alternate as follows: Workshop on the 3rd Saturday began in August (cost of $5 no lunch) followed the next month by a regular Forum Format in September on a Sunday still $25 still includes lunch still need RSVP. And so on. October- Workshop. November- Forum. ETC.
All workshops will be on Saturdays. All Forums will be on Sundays.
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Kore Press Editors & Artists Dinner- SAVE THE DATE A Community Mixer

SAVE THE DATE

Wed, Oct 18, 6-8pm
Kore Press Editors & Artists Dinner
A Community Mixer

in Tucson

INDIE FEMINIST CULTURE WORKERS
Claudia Rankine, contributor to Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing

Kore Press hosts an Editors & Artists Dinner and community mixer to offer a welcome to, and connect community with, visiting artists and thinkers arriving in Tucson for three days of the Thinking Its Presence Conference, including many contributors to the Letters to the Future anthology (forthcoming January 2018 from Kore). We offer a pre-conference landing pad, local food, and welcoming space on the eve before the conference at the UA Poetry Center.

Dinner is followed by a reading with Salvadoran poet, Javier Zamora, hosted by POG.

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Kore Press & KXCI community radio partner on a new podcast series 
Kore Press & KXCI at Hotel Congress 

Kore Press and KXCI, Tucson’s community-supported radio station, are excited to partner with live interviews featuring Letters to the Future artists at the new downtown KXCI / Hotel Congress studio! The podcast interviews are part of Kore’s exciting pre-publication events featuring many of the contributors to the anthology who will be visiting Tucson October 18-21 for the Thinking Its Presence 2017: Race, Advocacy and Solidarity in the Arts conference.

Details to come

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center- September 2017 Events

Coming up this month at the Poetry Center.
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September Events

Reginald Dwayne Betts: August 31, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Reginald Dwayne Betts, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.  This event is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Barbara Martinsons.

Open Mic:  September 2, Saturday at 11:30 AM / Poetry Center Docents host their monthly Open Mic event. The open mic will be round-robin style, which means each attendant will have the chance to share their own or a favorite poem. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum.

Shop Talk: The Work of Jorie Graham: September 5, Tuesday at 6:00 PM / Shop Talks take a “round table” approach to scholarly investigation of poetic works, resulting in a collegial atmosphere; no advance knowledge of the poet or works discussed is required. Led by Farid Matuk.

Jorie Graham: September 7, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Jorie Graham, who will read from her work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Literary Fiction Book Club – “The Association of Small Bombs” by Karen Mahajan: September 13, Wednesday at 5:00 PM / To participate in a Book Club conversation, just read the book and join us on the red couches in the lobby of the Poetry Center.

UA Prose Series: Joy Williams: September 14, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The UA Prose Series, curated by faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UA, presents prose writers of distinction. The UA Poetry Center is proud to present Joy Williams,who will read from her work, followed by a short Q & A.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Brief Introduction to Poetry Forms: September 16, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Gallery Talk: Giancarlo Huapaya: September 19, Tuesday at 6:00 PM / More a gallery performance, Giancarlo will be doing a 15-minute multimedia performance in Spanish titled “Es inútil negar las lesiones” (“It’s Useless to Deny the Lesions”). After, there will be time to meet him and ask questions about his exhibit, BirúPirúPerú, now on display.

Family Day: September 23, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Activities for the whole family. Creative writing workshops at 10:00 a.m., a breakfast concert featuring musician Gabrielle Pietrangelo, healthy food, coffee, begins at 11:00 a.m.

Shop Talk: The Work of Aimee Nezhukamatathil: September 26, Tuesday at 6:00 PM / Shop Talks take a “round table” approach to scholarly investigation of poetic works, resulting in a collegial atmosphere; no advance knowledge of the poet or works discussed is required. Led by Christine Baines.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poetry of Adrienne Rich: September 28, Thursday at 2:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Aimee Nezhukamatathil: September 28, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Aimee Nezhukamatathil, who will read from her work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Blog Spotlight:

Monsoon Series #1: Repetition with a Difference

Feature writer Laura Maher delves into poetry, repetition, and the rain.

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center- August 2017 Events

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August Events

Reminder: today is the last day to apply for one of our Classes & Workshops scholarships for Fall. General Registration for the Fall 2017 Poetry Center classes opens August 15.
Screening of Welcome to this House: Aug. 9, Wednesday at 5:30 / Welcome To This House is iconic director Barbara Hammer’s feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at The Loft Cinema.

Main Library Poetry Circle:Haiku and  Other Japanese Poetry: Aug. 19, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

BirúPirúPerú: Collective Projects of Peruvian Visual PoetryAug. 21-Nov. 22/ This exhibit gathers 5 collective projects of Peruvian visual poetry that explore diverse poetic records and transit through various formats and languages. While they have been presented separately in cities around the globe, poet and publisher Giancarlo Huapaya has brought them together for the first time in this groundbreaking exhibition.

Screening of A Late Style of Fire: Aug. 23, Wednesday at 5:30 / Director Michele Poulos’ feature documentary on the life of poet Larry Levis.  The brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at The Loft Cinema.

Reginald Dwayne Betts: August 31, Thursday at 7:30 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Reginald Dwayne Betts, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Want to know more about what’s coming up in the 2017 Fall Reading & Lecture Series? Read up about it here on our blog, 1508.

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 Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter- WriteNow! 2017 Conference “Writer Quest: Conquer the Publishing Jungle”

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter invites you to our annual WriteNow! 2017 Conference “Writer Quest: Conquer the Publishing Jungle”

 

Featuring Keynote Speaker, International Bestselling author

 

CLIVE CUSSLER

 

CLIVE CUSSLER will share his techniques, secrets and strategies for conquering the literary jungle. The conference will also feature New York Times Bestselling author LEE GOLDBERG, and ROBIN BURCELL, who co-writes a book series with Mr. Cussler.

 

Publicist, social media pro and brand manager, DANA KAYE, specializes in coaching clients on how to establish their personal brand.

 

Also on hand, literary agent JILL MARR from the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency will take pitches. Developmental editor HOLLY LORINCZ will provide editing sessions. [The pitch and editing sessions are an additional fee and you must register for WriteNow! to be eligible to submit materials.]

 

WHEN AND WHERE:

 

Friday Evening Reception: August 11, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

 

Full Day Conference: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Valley Parkway South, Phoenix, 85032

 

The conference is open to the public and suitable for all genres of interest, will include the aforementioned speakers, panel discussions, as well as the opportunity for attendees to buy the speakers’ books and have them signed. Lunch and snacks are included. A silent auction will be held, plus a free drawing for a loaded Kindle.

 

For COMPLETE DETAILS and to REGISTER, please click HERE.

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

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