As as 1960 army brat myself this book triggered childhood memories of Athlone, the Army, the great music of the 70’s and 80’s, and the “phone in the hall”. Yet Liam also gives us a strong matriarchal mother in the character of Maria, a modern styled mixed race family, love interest and a terrifying sub-plot of “sleveenism” and begrudgery which exposes an ugly and dangerous political underbelly. Maria’s boys, two dubs, Rocky and Lizzy, are the central characters and are lovingly and sympathetically styled by the author to produced a wonderfully enjoyable read while treating us to trips to Lebanon, Spain and London leaving the reader with a feeling of hope and courage. Exciting page turner.
by Corla Mansfield
Liam G Clancy, as an Irish Army officer worked on home security during the difficult Irish troubles period. He also spent extended periods as a United Nations Peacekeeper in both Lebanon and Iran. After retiring from the Army, he spent three years in Iraq leading teams involved in humanitarian food and medicine distribution as part of the UN Security Council Oil4Food project. He worked in New Hampshire, USA for two years as a factory operations manager in high-tech manufacturing. On return to Ireland he set up a successful tourism accommodation business in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Liam plans to continue his writing and hopes to turn The Rock 'n Roll Kids into both a play and musical film. He currently lives in Ireland but spends part of each year in Cadiz, Spain.
Liam is a graduate of the The Marist College, Athlone, Ireland and the Irish Military College in County Kildare. He has a Business Degree from Dublin City University and an MBA from Boston University in the United States.