This unique insight into the news business uncovers what the viewers and listeners never saw, including an RTE film editor who managed to portray his own handiwork on the main TV news having earlier (in his secret IRA role) tried to set fire to the visiting Springboks rugby team bus!
Nothing is quite what it seems in this round-the-world romp with walk-on parts by Gore Vidal, the Dalai Lama, Charlie Haughey and Miss Nude Europe.
Blood in the Gutter also reveals the background story of the Herrema kidnapping, as well as naming the Irish government minister whose IRA father was sent to kill William Joyce (aka Lord Haw Haw, Hitler’s chief English-language radio announcer) in Galway. In addition, readers will discover the identity of a senior Irish official who astonished foreign diplomats in New York with a table-top rendition of ‘The Old Bog Road’.
And there’s lots more besides in this no-holds-barred account of news reporting both here and abroad, including political intrigue at a French news agency and hitherto untold insights into Charlie Haughey’s snub to Margaret Thatcher in choosing Paris for his first overseas trip as Taoiseach.
Blood in the Gutter is a roller-coaster tale of news journalism in Ireland and abroad, covering more than twenty years of O’Donoghue’s life as a professional journalist with newspapers, RTE (including coverage of the Northern Ireland conflict), Agence France-Presse in Paris, and more besides.
Blood in the Gutter is aimed at all those interested in Irish society and current affairs over the past 50 years, and will be of particular interest to those studying and working in the media, as it covers the evolution of news media outlets, from hot-metal newspaper production to computerised news agency output and on to the digital age in radio, television and social media.