Books by Philip Coogan

Love and Courage, A Memoir

978-1-62516-237-3-PCooganCoverLove and Courage: A Memoir is the remarkable story of Philip Coogan and his family over the period of several generations in Northern Ireland.

Born with Northern Ireland connections in Manchester, England, Philip’s grandfather fell victim to anti-British Army feeling in the South after 1916. The author lived in Ardboe, Northern Ireland, during World War II. There he suffered from tuberculosis and had a near-death experience. He paints a pleasant picture of growing up in a rural community, which makes what happens next even more disturbing. Moving to County Fermanagh in the late 1940s, Philip joined his father’s garage business. They had run-ins with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, but he went on to become a successful businessman. After marrying, Philip moved to Donaghadee, where he made a name for himself in the motor trade.

As Northern Ireland’s troubles intensified, repeated attempts were made on his family’s lives and he was told he would be run out of town. On December 7, 1971, a loyalist bomb destroyed his business. “Our lives had changed overnight, but I was determined to rebuild my demolished garage. I was frustrated at every turn by the cold shoulders of the planning authorities, and those who vowed to see me ‘run out of Donaghadee.’ After several assassins’ attempts, my health began to suffer. I began an endless one-man campaign to secure compensation for my personal injuries and business site from the Northern Ireland government.” What happens next, involved divine intervention.

Collusion with Injustice

Coogan_Cover_WebCollusion with Injustice details with lyricism and moving honesty the story of one family’s experience with the Northern Ireland civil war of the 1970s.

The story first began when Grandfather Owen Coogan joined the British Army in 1877 at Crinkle, Kings County. After serving twenty years overseas, Grandfather returned home in 1895. He married Bridget McCormack in 1897 at Birr, Kings County.

Soon after Bridget’s first child is born, Grandfather purchased a farm near Sharavogue, Kings County, now known as County Offaly. In 1921, Grandfather, Bridget, and nine of their eleven children were held at gunpoint by the IRA and their homestead was set on fire.

Grandfather’s family then migrated to Northern Ireland in Cooneen County Fermanagh, a place made famous by the Cooneen poltergeist.

Author Philip Coogan’s life changed overnight in December 1971, when a bomb destroyed his thriving garage business in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. His troubles intensified and Philip survived repeated assassination attempts. Feeling defrauded and conspired against, Philip was not allowed to rebuild his garage by planning authorities.

“I received no compensation for my injuries or large building site. My health deteriorated and I suffered severe post-traumatic shock disorder and other illnesses.”

In January 1973, the family fled over the border to safety and Philip was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. He emerged a broken man, just waiting to see what would happen next.