Following the success of Marc Mc Menamin’s fascinating, bestselling Codebreaker, which highlights the extraordinary, untold story of Richard Hayes, a commemorative event involving the unveiling of a Heritage Plaque to honour Hayes will take place in The Square, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick on Saturday, 18 May, at 2.30 p.m.
Organised by Abbeyfeale Community Council, the plaque will be unveiled by Faery Hayes, Richard’s daughter, along with author Marc Mc Menamin, who will be speaking at the event.
To most, Richard Hayes was an unassuming librarian, quietly dedicated to his job as director of the National Library of Ireland. What many didn’t know, however, including members of his own family, was that Hayes, a gifted polymath and cryptographer, had been drafted by Irish intelligence services to track the movements of notorious Nazi spy Hermann Görtz.
Mc Menamin’s work on the 2017 RTÉ Radio One documentary and his book Codebreaker: The Untold Story of Richard Hayes, the Dublin Librarian Who Helped Turn the Tide of WWI,I uncovered the secret history Richard Hayes, and how one man cracked a code that helped turn the tide of World War II.
Codebreaker by Marc Mc Menamin is published by Gill Books, priced at €16.99.
The Untold Story of Richard Hayes, the Dublin Librarian Who Helped Turn the Tide of World War II
Marc Mc Menamin is a teacher, journalist and documentary maker originally from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. He holds an MA in history and a PGDE in Education. A specialist in exploring uncharted corners of Irish history, he is the maker of several acclaimed, award-winning radio documentaries, including Good Cop/Bad Cop, exploring the life of controversial former NYPD officer Peter Daly, and Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker. Codebreaker is his first book.