Launch of Tom Clonan’s book Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy


All photos courtesy of Niall Neligan

03 December 2013: There was a packed house at Hodges Figgis for School of Media lecturer Dr Tom Clonan’s book launch.

His latest book, Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy, was officially launched by Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times.

The book details the personal and professional aspects of serving in the Irish armed forces and the reader is brought on a journey that begins and ends in Ireland – from Shannon Airport to Iraq, Syria and Guantanamo Bay.


It charts Tom’s progression from soldier to academic and journalist and offers an honest and vivid account of life on and off duty.

Fintan O’Toole described the new title as “A powerful, beautiful and brave book”. He also said that the book was “held together by a sort of searching journey through masculinity.”

He said that Dr Clonan had brought an authority to TV coverage of the Iraq War. He is a regular contributor on RTE News and many current affairs programmes.

As well as his role as a lecturer in the School of Media at DIT, Dr Tom Clonan is the Irish Times Security Analyst. He served as an Irish army officer from 1989 to 2000.

Dr Clonan thanked everyone who had turned out for the book launch and said that since he started contributing to the Irish Times just after 9/11, he had benefited from having very good colleagues and mentors at the Irish Times.


He also paid tribute to colleagues and mentors in the School of Media at DIT.

He said that the book chronicles “travels in the global war on terror” but promised that “it will make you laugh and make you cry.”

Dr Clonan also read extracts from the book to the assembled crowd.

Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy, which is published by Liberties Press, climbed to number one in the Hodges Figgis bestsellers chart and is currently at number two position.

There was a healthy queue at the book launch of people waiting to get their book signed and there was also plenty of conversation on Twitter about the book launch and the title itself.


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