Memoir: Northern Ireland Violence Disrupts Author's Life

Violence is nothing new in Northern Ireland. Author Philip Coogan’s story begins with his grandfather joining the British Army in 1877. It then spans the next 100 years of local history, family survival, and bloodshed, leading up to the 1970s.

The stunning memoir Collusion with Injustice details the moving true account of one family's experiences with the Northern Ireland civil war of the 1970s. The author's life changed forever in December 1971, when a bomb destroyed his thriving garage business in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland.

Coogan's troubles only intensified and he survived repeated assassination attempts. He was also prevented by planning authorities to rebuild his garage. "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." He emerged a broken man, and to this day wonders what his life could have been like.

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About the Author: Philip Coogan moved to Southern Ireland in 1973. “I wrote my story of the injustice we had suffered over the last 42 years.”​

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About the Author: Philip Coogan now lives in Ireland. “Have never been able to hold a job from that night of 1971 when the bomb went off."

This powerful historical memoir takes a fascinating look at a troubled time in Northern Ireland. We are thrilled to announce its release, “said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.    

COLLUSION WITH INJUSTICE: IRELAND, 1916 TO 2016 (ISBN: 978-1-68181 24-1) is Now available for $20 and can be ordered through the publisher's website:, or  It is live! 

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Out Of The Flames

Out of the Flames details one family’s direct experiences of the Northern Ireland Troubles. On the 7th December 1971 Philip Coogan’s life changes overnight when a sectarian bomb destroys his thriving garage business in the town of Donaghadee.  Determined to rebuild. Philip is frustrated at every turn by the cold shoulders of planning authorities and those who vow they will see him ‘run out of town’. Despite some help from an unexpected quarter – the Reverend Ian Paisley -there seems to be no way forward in an increasingly suspicious and hostile community. As the Troubles intensify, repeated attempts are made on Philip’s life, and he and his young family flee across the border to the Republic. renting a damp and dilapidated cottage in Roscommon. Struggling to make ends meet, while reliving the horror of past events. Philip’s health deteriorates as he suffers severe post-traumatic shock disorder and other related illnesses. Desperate for a better life for their children, Philip, and his wife plan to emigrate, but with no income, nor compensation for his injuries, it proves impossible.The final straw comes with a risible offer of £120 for the site of his former business from the local Government in the North. Feeling defrauded and conspired against, Philip becomes increasingly angry and paranoid. and finally is admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Drugged and violently humiliated, he emerges a broken man. It seems that Philip’s life, in any meaningful sense is over. What can possibly save him? Out of the Flames charts, with lyricism and moving honesty, the remarkable triumph over tragedy of one ordinary man, living through extraordinary times. After 42 years, Philip is still seeking justice.

This book has received many five-star awards in New papers:: The Irish Post, The Fermanagh Herald, Matador self-publishing Magazine to name a few.

Love and Courage
Love 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 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 assassination’ 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.

​LOVE AND COURAGE: A MEMOIR (ISBN: 978-1-62516-237-3) is now available for $21 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or