My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland Paperback – May 1 2011
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'The man who has been helping to craft the agenda for Irish America over the past 30 years has written a compelling inside view of the pursuit of peace and justice for Ireland' -- Irish Voice
About the Author
Sean McManus is a brother of Frank McManus, former MP, and Patrick McManus, an IRA member killed in 1958. In 1971, a Redemptorist priest based in Scotland, he was arrested in Northern Ireland during an anti-internment demonstration. His superiors sent him to the United States in 1972 where he founded the Irish National Caucus in 1974, a Washington D.C.-based Irish-American lobby group.
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Thousands of lives might have been saved if these "Four Horseman" had had the courage to stand up to the British and Irish governments in the advancement of justice in Ireland. Fr. Sean McManus provides proof that it was American elected representatives of various backgrounds, Italian, Jewish, African-American, Mormon, and others that ultimately brought the fair employment MacBride Principles into US law in spite of those big four so-called Irishman. This book is a fascinating account of events by the man who created the first modern Irish lobbying organization on Capital Hill and beat the British and Irish governments at their own game.
Political lobbying is a major industry in Washington D.C. Every interest group maintains an office here to see that it is not left out in the cold. This is an expensive business. It would have cost millions to do what he has achieved all by himself, and on a shoestring.
This account shows how he did it: with a single-minded passion for justice, offering a political alternative to violence.
My only reservation is that its author does not set forth with sufficient clarity--as he is evidently able--what in the experience of growing up in County Fermanagh moved him so.
We can go elsewhere for that.
But only here will you find the story of how an outsider became a Washington insider. And not for promotion or self-promotion, but to promote a just peace in Northern Ireland.
But the book is not just about his work on Capitol Hill. Fr Mc Manus wonderfully lets the reader know what his early life was like growing up in Northern Ireland. Also, he gives a delightful account of his years in an English seminary, where he spent seven years studying for the priesthood. But then he explains the onslaught of The Troubles in 1969; his conflict of conscience as the Church demanded he be silent about injustice; his refusal to be complicit by his silence; and the price he paid for his courage. Church and State - when they could not silence him - conspired to exile him to America. But God works in marvelous ways. Instead of silencing the Good Father they gave him the greatest platform in the world, which he used with skill and relentlessness.
One of the amazing things in this story is that despite the powerful opposition this Irish priest faced, and despite all the unfair attempts to crush and demonize him, he never shows bitterness. Fr Mc Manus --to use his own words - "fights like hell for justice but forgives like Heaven".
This is an admirable book by one courageous priest.
It should be read not only by Irish-Americans but by all Americans who admire the man who sacrifices everything for truth and justice. It is not just an Irish classic, but also an American one.
Fr. Sean McManus's book is not only his story but it is the story of the Irish, it's our history. Far to long others have been telling the Irish story from their perspective. It is vitally important that a people tell their own story so future generations will know the real history of the Irish and their fight for freedom, for peace and human rights in their own country.
Fr. Sean has done his part by putting his pen to paper, now it is our turn to make sure that this story doesn't end here. This is our history, it is up to each and every one of us to read this book and pass it on for others to read. The struggle is not over, there is still much work to be done, Ireland is still divided, we need to work for a free and united Ireland, an Ireland that has peace and justice for all.
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