Before the Bandits
About the book…
Some say you should never go back. But Shane White does go back and takes the reader with him - to a childhood in south Armagh where his father was the RUC sergeant during the 1960s on the edge of the glory of Slieve Gullion. For many this book will remind them of a unique time; for others it will introduce them to a south Armagh they probably think could never possibly have existed. Spend time with the two drunken postmen taking hours leaving each other home; join the RUC as they chase smugglers around the lonely country lanes and negotiate seizure of items over a glass or two of poteen . . . The author recalls childhood friends, many of whom became policemen while others became terrorists. All now dead at the hand of the Troubles. Including his own father. This story was before the 'Bandits' came and there are those who say they came in many different uniforms.