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The Press Gang: Tales from the Glory Days of Irish Newspapers

The Press Gang: Tales from the Glory Days of Irish Newspapers
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In September 1931, Pádraig Pearse’s mother started a revolution in Dublin. She pushed a button, and the presses began rolling at Éamon de Valera’s legendary Irish Press Newspaper Group, changing the landscape of Irish journalism forever.

In The Press Gang, for the first time, fifty-five of its former writers and editors celebrate its glory days, from the 1950s to its closure in May 1995 – when the boozer was the real office, and newspapers were full of insane, and insanely talented, people.

There are stories of IRA gunmen in the front office, the reporter who broke his leg in two places (Mulligan’s and the White Horse), Mary Kenny challenging the old boys’ network, tea with Prince Charles, Johnny Rotten in a Dublin jail cell, the hunt for Don Tidey, and the turd on the MD’s windowsill…

The Press Gang: Tales from the Glory Days paints a poignant and hilarious pen-picture of an industry that has changed beyond recognition, and recalls an age of characters, chancers, geniuses, and above all, brilliant journalism.

DAVID KENNY is a broadcaster, journalist and bestselling author. He has his own around-Ireland series, Kenny Wild, and is the author of The Little Buke of Dublin, Erindipity, Erindipity Rides Again and The Brilliant Irish Flute, and editor of The Trib: Highlights from the Sunday Tribune. Between 1985 and 1995 he worked as a copyboy, subeditor and columnist for The Irish Press.


David Kenny


Trade Paperback





Release Date

November 2015

Additional Information

Weight .590 g
Dimensions .235 × .158 × .25 mm


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