Diddicoy Release Party


From left to right T.J. English, Eamon Loingsigh, John Duddy, John McDonough and host Peter Carlaftes pointing the way.

We had a great time at the Light of the Diddicoy release! And sold loads of books too. Le Poisson Rouge, in Greenwich Village was an excellent host and it was a full house, filled with Richard Vetere’s friends and lovers of his new release The Writers Afterlife and lots of Diddicoy folks too.

T.J. English, the famous journalist and author of Paddy Release2Whacked and The Westies, kicked the night off by talking about the impact Light of the Diddicoy had on him and why gangs were a result of a lack of a social safety net in New York during the era.

Afterward, I spoke for a bit about the book, made my “thank yous” and read from the book for a bit. Then WBAI Radio-NYC host of the show Radio Free Eireann and I spoke about what was happening in 1916 Brooklyn, when the book took place Release1and the Irish historical connections in Light of the Diddicoy.

John Duddy, the Middle Weight Champion boxer and actor starring in a film called “Hands of Stone” (December 2014 release) next to Robert De Niro, read from the book.


Co-Director of Three Rooms Press, Peter Carlaftes and myself as we sold copies of Light of the Diddicoy after the show.

Afterward, it was book signing time.

Light of the Diddicoy also got a great mention in Declan Burke’s blog Crime Always Pays, here:

And my local newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times ran a piece on the book as well here.

Lots of reviews will be popping up soon as well, including The Guardian US, Brooklyn Rail and many others. Heck, there’s even a review at Amazon.com already!


About eamonblog

I am Eamon Loingsigh, author of the Auld Irishtown trilogy. The first book in the trilogy is "Light of the Diddicoy," (Three Rooms Press 2014). The second is "Exile on Bridge Street," (Three Rooms Press 2016). This blog is mostly concerned with the books and the history of Brooklyn, the Irish-Americans and the gangs of Brooklyn and New York. I have also written lots of other stuff, namely two other books, the first called, "An Affair of Concoctions" and the book of poetry, "Love and Maladies." There are also articles sprinkled around the internet about anything from the anarchist movement of the Spanish Civil War to the French Symbolists of late 1800s Paris to the Irish Famine. With a degree in journalism and a passion for writing, there are lots of topics I have covered. To get in touch, send an email to: eamonloingsigh@gmail.com. Oh by the way, my last name is pronounced "Lynch." Eamon Loingsigh
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