Scottish Olympian Athlete Launches “The Runner McGough Book” in Glasgow

On Saturday last a group of Castleblayney folks travelled to Glasgow for the launch of the recently published Book titled ‘The Runner McGough’.  The book written by Castleblayney man Tommy McGuire was launched in the Scottish City by former Scottish athlete Frank Clement, who competed in the 1,500 metre final at the Olympic Games in 1976.

Interestingly prior to this no Scottish athlete had appeared in an Olympic Final in the 1,500 metres since John McGough’s silver medal win in 1906.

The launch took place in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, at 2.30pm and was attended by members of the Library’s Historical research group, the Bellahouston Harriers athletic Club, Gorbals Ancestory Historical group, staff of the Mitchell Library and a number of Glasgow natives with Monaghan links, who had learned of the launch from the Irish Voice Newspaper and from relatives back home in Castleblayney.

The launch included an address by Irene O’Brien Chief Archivist with the Mitchell Library, who gave an overview of the family history collections in the Library.  This was followed by a presentation on the book by author Tommy McGuire, who in particular highlighted the importance of athletics for John McGough and his upbringing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.

This was followed by an address from Frank Clement who praised the performances and success of John McGough.  Frank compared his times to today’s runners and highlighted McGough’s ability, who he said was ‘as a natural athlete with a phenomenon talent’.  Other contributors at the launch were Aidan Campbell who congratulated the author of the book and who stressed the importance of the book in terms of local historic collection in both County Monaghan and Glasgow City.  His remarks were followed by presentations by Derek Callan on behalf of the Blayney Rockets, who had travelled to Glasgow to establish links with John McGough’s former club.

The book which tells a remarkable story of a local man John McGough, who achieved greatness in the early 1900’s and later became immersed in G.A.A history can be purchased on www.castleblayney.ie by following the link below:

The Runner McGough