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‘Busmen in the Firing Line’ – hometown book launch event

This Tuesday 1st October, the hometown launch of ‘Busmen in the Firing Line’, the biographical memoirs of Crossmaglen native, Eugene O’Callaghan, will take place in Crossmaglen Rangers GFC, commencing at 7.00pm.

The book tells Eugene’s personal story from growing up in Crossmaglen to being at the front line keeping the buses on the roads during the Troubles.  It details how Eugene’s upbringing in Crossmaglen influenced how he lived his life. He was a ‘dealin man’ from Crossmaglen with a razor sharp analytical mind, who tacked issues affecting pay and conditions.

He was always a champion of justice, his mother’s house often resembled an advice clinic when his car was seen in the Square. He helped many locals not only with their fights for rights in employment but also with other legal issues such as benefits.

Eugene died in April 2018 and before his death he set about writing his memoirs in the hope that someone would pick up the fight he knew he would not live to complete – an injustice he wanted to put right on behalf of the busmen.

Eugene’s desire was to launch his book in his home town of Crossmaglen, a desire his family are now honouring – bringing the story of his life full circle, finishing where it began, in Crossmaglen.

As part of the launch event, local man Pat McNamee will share stories of his friendship with Eugene; and Liam Hughes, a former shop steward in Ulster Bus, will be there to relate stories and answer questions of how Eugene handled all the issues which had to be faced by those on the buses during the Troubles.

The book has been published by the Ulster Historical Foundation, it can be pre-ordered at It will also be available to purchase on the night at the reduced price of £14.99

For more information contact Anne on 07919026856 or email