JOHN BRODERICK (1924-89) was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, and died in Bath, England. He worked as a journalist and was author of numerous works including The Pilgrimage (1961), An Apology for Roses (1973), The Pride of Summer (1977), London Irish (1979) and The Trial of Father Dillingham (1975). The Waking of Willie Ryan and a biography, Something in the Head: The Life and Work of John Broderick, are also available from The Lilliput Press.
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