McGuinness book launch for D.C., NY

By Irish Echo Staff

The Irish American Unity Conference, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Northern Ireland Bureau are jointly hosting the Washington, D.C. launch of “Martin McGuinness: The Man I Knew,” by Jude Collins, on Monday evening, October 1.

The launch will be followed by an evening of discussion with the author and former congressman James Walsh. The moderator for the evening will be Irish Times Washington Correspondent, Suzanne Lynch.

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The launch will take place at 6.30 p.m. in the National Press Club Murrow Room,

529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Jude Collins is a native of Omagh, County Tyrone. He has studied at University College Dublin, the University of Manitoba in Canada and the University of Newcastle in England, where he was awarded his doctorate.

He was a lecturer at Ulster University for thirty years and has written two short story collections, two novels and three books of interviews. He writes a weekly column for the Andersonstown News and is a political commentator for BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Television Northern Ireland and RTÉ Television. He writes a daily blog at

James T. Walsh is a Government Affairs Counselor in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm K&L Gates LLP. He represented Central New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 2009.

During his tenure in Congress, Mr. Walsh served as a deputy Republican whip from 1994-2006. He was appointed as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where he served from 1993-2009 and became chairman of four House appropriations subcommittees.

Suzanne Lynch has been the Irish Times Washington correspondent since 2017. Ms. Lynch was formerly the Dublin daily’s Brussels correspondent and before that a financial journalist for the paper. Previously, she held positions as an arts journalist in Ireland and the United Kingdom for a number of years. Ms. Lynch holds a doctorate in English literature from Cambridge University.

On Wednesday, October 3 Mr. Collins will attend the New York launch of his book at the American Irish Historical Society in Manhattan. The event begins at 6.30 p.m. details by calling the society at (212)288-2263.

For details on the Washington launch contact Kirsten Fruit at or (202)367-0463. The National Press Club is a secure facility and an advance security clearance key, which can be displayed on a cellphone, is required for entry.