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.