About the Book
The formal school lives of Eddie and his friends are over. They have fought their way through the street rules of Derry, and have left their adolescence behind them in the middle schools. The reality of living in the Bogside as young Irish adults continues, with the unremitting tendrils of competing ideologies creeping into the corners of their lives. Street barricades continue to arise, and stones continue to pelt the authorities, amid a growing faction of men who believe bullets and bombs are the needed pushback against the weaponry of the police and soldiers. The governments are ineffectual, and escalating conflicts between competing beliefs continue to affect everyone in the Bogside, pulling them closer and closer to the day that no-one dreamed would occur... Bloody Sunday.
Edward Noel Doherty was born in Derry, the fourth largest city on the island of Ireland, on the west bank of the River Foyle, and received his early education there, becoming a teacher in Derry for several years before emigrating to Canada. Retiring from a career as an educator, Noel Doherty now uses his time for travel, study, and writing. January 30, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, and to commemorate the tragedy, he began the trilogy, "Two Eternities". The books are dedicated to all who have died and suffered in the intractable sectarian struggle that has consumed Northern Ireland over the decades. Currently, he is working on the sequel to these first two books: Bloody Sunday - the Boys of Derry, and A Decade of Conflict - the Men of Derry.