Marc Mc Menamin is a talented author, documentary maker and teacher originally from Ballyshannon.
Codebreaker is Marc’s first book. It's a real cracker, which tells an amazing story about a prolific Nazi Spy operating in Ireland and Richard Hayes, a gifted polymath and cryptographer, who was drafted by Irish intelligence services to track the movements of the aforementioned spy - Hermann Görtz.
It is a remarkable tale on many fronts and records for the first time one of the most remarkable episodes in recent Irish history.
Codebreaker is a riveting and deeply researched account of an extraordinary period of history – when Dublin became a hotbed of Nazi intrigue and the fate of an independent Ireland settled on the shoulders of an unassuming employee of the National Library.
The author Marc holds an MA in History and a PGDE in Education from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and works as a teacher in Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, where he teaches English, History and Politics and Society.
He has produced a number of award winning radio documentaries for RTE Radio 1’s The Documentary on One including Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker, which was a finalist in the Best Radio Documentary Category at the 2018 New York Festivals. His 2013 radio documentary Peter Daly Good Cop/Bad Cop was shortlisted for numerous prizes including the 2014 Prix Europa and Prix Italia awards while his 2015 radio documentary Seamus Darby and the Goal that Made Champions was shortlisted for Sports Documentary of the Year at the 2016 Celtic Media Awards.
He also occasionally works as a reporter for RTE Radio 1’s The History Show.
Marc has worked as a researcher and assistant producer on a number of documentaries, most notably tv3’s Sinn Féin: Who Are They? As well as a stint on Tonight with Vincent Browne, he also worked as an intern to Stephen Donnelly TD in Dáil Éireann.
Based in Dublin, he is an avid fan of cycling, Donegal GAA and the Republic of Ireland soccer team and tries to get home to Ballyshannon as often as possible.
The book in one paragraph:
"What followed was a high-stakes game of cat and mouse that would wind its way through the capital and its suburbs, reverberate through the corridors of power, test the sympathies of those in high society, and even expand to jeopardise the Allied war effort."
Marc will also be giving a talk on his book this Wednesday evening (October 17th) in the National Library of Ireland at 7pm as part of Maths week.
Marc tells me it will also be available in local bookshops throughout the county. He will be talking about his latest work at the forthcoming Allingham Festival in Ballyshannon next month.
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