McElduff’s book charts ‘twin tracks’ of his life

Barry McElduff, West Tyrone. Photo: Joe McDonagh.
Barry McElduff, West Tyrone. Photo: Joe McDonagh.

COLOURFUL Tyrone MLA, Barry McElduff, has promised plenty of laughs for people from the east of the county as he prepares to launch his new book at the Craic Theatre in Coalisland.

Packed with 92 stories about everything from public life as a key Sinn Fein spokesperson, to community and the GAA, McElduff has described the publication as “a sort of memoir”.

With the foreword written by none other than Peter the Great Canavan, the book is sure to be a big hit across Tyrone and further afield.

McElduff, who will be launching the book at the Craic Theatre this Wednesday, November 21, explains some of the highlights: “Among the many subjects covered is Derrytresk’s finest hour, but I do look at it from quite a serious point of view as to what it was doing to the community at the time.

“I also write about the O’Rahilly’s and the Spirit of Clonoe and there are rumours that the famous Ardboe fullback, Benny Hurl, with whom I had a run-in during my university football days, features in a very interesting photo to be seen in the book!

“It is part serious, part funny and quite personal in parts, I suppose.

“In the book, I suppose I am trying to get at the mentality of a Tyrone person among other things!”

Asked why he has chosen to launch himself as Tyrone’s newest author, McElduff told the Times: “Principally because I have been on this earth for 46 years and I have something to say, so it is high time I said it.

“I just wanted to give my take on the world, and I’ve had many people over the years, including Gerry Adams, who have told me I have stories to tell.

“The book reflects the twin tracks of my life, as it were, which are republicanism and the GAA, and the foreword has been written by Peter the Great!”

Barry has issued a warm welcome to everyone to the launch of his book on Wednesday, which will commence at 8pm.

Brackaville man, Sean Quinn, will perform the duties of compere, with a special appearance from John Joe O’Neill, of Tyrone footballing fame.

The book is available online at