Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Belfast Telegraph man Alf McCreary's book goes behind the headlines

Alf McCreary with his wife Hilary at the launch of his new book Behind The Headlines at Belfast Harbour Commissioners' Office
Alf McCreary with his wife Hilary at the launch of his new book Behind The Headlines at Belfast Harbour Commissioners' Office

The stories behind half a century of headlines have been revealed in a new book by one of Northern Ireland's longest-serving journalists.

Belfast Telegraph journalist Alf McCreary's autobiography covers many of the biggest stories from the Troubles, including Bloody Sunday, the Kingsmills massacre and the Enniskillen bomb.

He has also covered a number of major non-Troubles stories, including the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland, the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer and the visit of President Ronald Reagan to Ireland.

Now the Belfast Telegraph's religious affairs correspondent, Mr McCreary has also reported from Africa, Asia and Latin America for Christian Aid and Tearfund.

Speaking at the launch of the book, Behind The Headlines, in the Belfast Harbour Commissioners' office, the city's Lord Mayor Mairtin O'Muilleoir said: "I am delighted to be present at the launch of the memoirs of Alf McCreary. He is one of the best-known chroniclers of life in this province."

Mr McCreary said: "I have known good times and bad times in Belfast, but it remains one of my favourite cities in the whole world."

Extracts from his book will be published exclusively in the Belfast Telegraph's award-winning Magazine tomorrow.

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