Good Times and Bad: From the Coombe to the Kremlin - A Memoir

ISBN-13:
9781856355773

As Moscow correspondent for "The Irish Times", Seamus Martin was an eyewitness to the collapse of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Later, he covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, and reported on Mandela's rise to president. This book recalls his life and tells stories about his childhood in a working class family.
'Good Times and Bad' recalls Seamus Martin's colourful life and tells fascinating stories about his childhood in a working class family. They moved house frequently from Dublin to Derry to Donegal and back to Dublin and he went to Gormanston College boarding school as a scholarship boy. Before joining the Times, Martin had an eventful career. He worked as a sports commentator in the Irish Press and the 'Irish Independent', sports editor of the 'Sunday Tribune' and as a columnist in the 'Evening Herald'. As Moscow correspondent for 'The Irish Time's, he was an eyewitness to the collapse of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Later, he covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, the collapse of the apartheid regime and the arrival of democracy in South Africa and reported on Mandela's rise to president. Back in Ireland he was a senior editor in the thick of the financial crisis that nearly ended the Irish Times in 2002 and 2003 and writes frankly about that time.
Seamus Martin is a retired international editor of The Irish Times and is the brother of Diarmuid Martin, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. His career spanned The Irish Times, the Evening Herald, Irish Independent and the Irish Press. Retired since 2006 he spends about half his time in France where he has a house and small vineyard.


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