AN IRISHMAN ON THE THIN GREEN LINE is the story of a military pilgrim’s progress and a bird’s eye view of the Irish Army holding the thin green line. It is a soldier’s hacking of the path of military duty through the tangled undergrowth of Irish political beliefs in the mid-twentieth century, when according to some politicians and Church leaders, the truth was known and need not be questioned. Although the book originally began as the story of the author’s military career, it developed into a story of life in the later twentieth century in Ireland with its changing attitudes to the received ideas about religion, officially approved versions of history and the ‘national aim’ of the ‘restoration of the Irish language’. However, this is above all a fascinating memoir of the career of an Irish Army officer in the middle of the last century.

Paddy Goggin was brought up in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He joined the FCA as a teenager and excelled at rifle shooting. He entered the Army Cadet School in 1950 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1952. He later attended Infantry School and Command and Staff College. He served on the Border and in Cyprus. He retired from the Army in 1969. Subsequently he served in two national organisations, Macra na Feirme as Leadership Training Officer and the Irish Hardware Association as Training Executive. He also served with the Department of Labour and the Department of Justice. He has three married grown-up children and several grandchildren and lives in Dublin with his wife Muriel.

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ISBN: 978 0 9573461 85
33 b/2 photographs
30 October 2013