Launch of Death on the Pier on Cobh’s Promenade

Author John Jefferies and the Moon Car.  Photo by Liam O’Sullivan.

John Jefferies launched his new book Death on the Pier on Cobh’s Promenade yesterday (6th May) as part of the 2017 Cobh Readers & Writers Festival.  There was a large turnout of people from Cobh and beyond for the launch of the book which tells the story of the 1924 Cobh Pier Head shooting incident and the search for the mysterious Moon Car.

Highlight of the day was the arrival of the Moon Car, a classic 1919 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost registration 5PP.  This is the actual car which was used for a speedy getaway by the attackers back in March 1924.  Sincere thanks to the car’s owner Patsy McSweeney for “lending” his car for the afternoon and also to the car’s restorer, James Black, who drove down specially from Belfast to collect the car in Dunmanway and onward to Cobh.

“My sincere thanks to all those who came along to yesterday’s launch”, said author John Jefferies.  “The Moon Car itself was the real star of the show and its arrival was a huge attraction.  Thanks also to all those who made the book possible including members of my family, all those who gave information or support over the past four years when I was writing the book and to the printers, Lettertec Ltd, a local company based at Carrigtwohill.  Sincere thanks are also due to the Cobh Arts / Readers & Writers festival committee.  Finally I would also like to congratulate the other authors who launched books this week.  Hopefully a spark has been lit that will see more Cobh and Cork authors writing their own books”.

The book is on sale again today (Sunday) at the final day of the Cobh Readers & Writers Festival.  John’s bookstall, along with those of nine other booksellers will be in the Promenade all day today.

Death on the Pier – exciting new non-fiction book due out April 2017

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The redesigned cover of Death on the Pier

John Jefferies’ new book Death on the Pier is currently with the printers and the first copies will be available for sale before the end of April 2017.   The cover has been completely redesigned with the new cover featuring an old photo of  Cobh’s Pier Head (also known as the Camber) from the Lawrence Collection with permission of the National Library of Ireland.

The official launch of Death on the Pier will be held on Saturday, 6th May at 5.00pm at the Cobh Arts / Readers & Writers’ Festival in the temporary marquee at Cobh’s Promenade. The author will give a talk on the book and will be available to sign copies which are for sale at €12 each.

Death on the Pier tells the story of the Cobh Pier Head Shooting incident of March 1924 and the role of the mysterious Rolls Royce Silver Ghost known as the Moon Car in the attack. The occupants of the car used two Lewis machine guns to fire on British troops at the main pier in Cobh, Co. Cork. One soldier was killed and 18 others were injured. Several civilians were also injured. On the same evening armed British troops arrived back in the Co. Cork town and more shots were fired. The event led to a massive manhunt which took in several countries and the issue of a £10,000 reward (a huge sum in 1924). The yellow Rolls Royce was not found for another 57 years.