Our lives had changed overnight… After several assassins’ attempts, my health began to suffer. I began an endless one-man campaign to secure compensation for my personal injuries and business site from the Northern Ireland government.
(PRWEB) November 26, 2013
Born with Northern Ireland connections in Manchester, England, Philip’s grandfather fell victim to anti-British Army feeling in the South after 1916. The author lived in Ardboe, Northern Ireland, during World War II. There he suffered from tuberculosis and had a near-death experience. He paints a pleasant picture of growing up in a rural community, which makes what happens next even more disturbing. Moving to County Fermanagh in the late 1940s, Philip joined his father’s garage business. Philip had run-ins with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, but he went on to become a successful businessman. After marrying, Philip moved to Donaghadee, where he made a name for himself in the motor trade.
As Northern Ireland’s troubles intensified, repeated attempts were made on his family’s lives and he was told he would be run out of town. On December 7, 1971, a loyalist bomb destroyed his business. “Our lives had changed overnight, but I was determined to rebuild my demolished garage. I was frustrated at every turn by the cold shoulders of the planning authorities, and those who vowed to see me ‘run out of Donaghadee.’ After several assassins’ attempts, my health began to suffer. I began an endless one-man campaign to secure compensation for my personal injuries and business site from the Northern Ireland government.” What happens next, involved divine intervention.
About the Author: Philip Coogan moved to Southern Ireland in 1973. “I wrote my story of the injustice we had suffered over the last 42 years.”
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