Troubador Leighlin Road

Released: 28/07/2022

ISBN: 9781803132815

Format: Paperback

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Leighlin Road

A Memoir


This memoir tells the story of the first twenty-one years of my life, growing up and coming of age in the working class Dublin Corporation housing estate of Crumlin. Although humorous when telling my tale, the book also includes stories of abuse, death and loss. The chapters unfold from my unlikely birth – the youngest of fifteen children – to Crumlin life, the death of my brother Paddy in a London road accident and the abuse I suffered through a 'Christian' Brother at school. From a little boy priest in Blackrock College and then as an apprentice projectionist in the Kenilworth Cinema and a year as clapper/loader in Ardmore Studios. The story goes on through my difficult teenage years of alienation from my father and his death at the age of seventy, a month before my 21st birthday and a few months before my marrying my pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend. That marked the end of my life in 147, Leighlin Road and the start of my life as a married man and father-to-be. This book will be of interest to anyone of a Dublin/Irish heritage who will understand my journey. Back in my day emigration, particularly to England, was part of Irish life and that is reflected in my story. I am an experienced storyteller and now I am finally telling my own story of the years that formed the man I am today.

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Dr. Frances Carruthers and Martin Duffy

The late Dr. Frances Carruthers (1956-2006) wrote her PhD thesis for Maynooth University on 'The Organisational Work of Lady Ishbel Abderdeen, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair'. She also worked for Schizophrenia Ireland as Facilitator and as a Senior Workshop Supervisor/Trainer for Cheeverstown Mental Handicapped Services.

Martin Duffy is an award-winning Irish director, writer, film editor and script consultant who has been living in Berlin since 2002. Awards for his films include the Celtic Film and TV Festival Jury Prize, Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival, President's Award at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and selection for the Deauville International Film Festival.

His family comedy 'Welcome to Earth' has been optioned with plans for a German-UK-Canada co-production and multiple-award winner Georg Maas attached as director. His romantic comedy screenplay 'Pants on Fire' has been optioned with director Mandie Fletcher ('Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie', etc) attached. He co-wrote the family comedy 'Teddy Bear Spring' which is being set up for production in Vienna. His series concept 'Freedom Strasse' has been optioned as an Irish-German co-production and is now in active development.

After years of experience writing and editing for television, Martin wrote and directed his first feature film 'The Boy from Mercury' in 1996: the semi-autobiographical story of an 8-year-old boy with an over-active imagination. Martin has directed three other feature films since then while continuing his writing output. This has ranged from children's novels ('Mothership', 'Peg Leg Gus' etc) and non-fiction history (such as 'The Trade Union Pint' and 'Barney and Molly' and radio plays ('The Apollo', 'Tricks of the Trade') to his sitcom 'This Thing' which almost went into production in a German version, but is now being developed through the BBC's 'writersroom'.

Martin has been writing for children's comedy programmes and animation for decades, his work ranging from Irish classics like 'Bosco' to the animation series 'Inis Cool'.

Martin acts regularly as script consultant for film companies in Ireland and Germany. He also translates German screenplays to English for such companies as Constantin Films.


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