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A FORMER Bri­tish spy who lived in Oyle­gate for more than a decade fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment, has writ­ten a mem­oir ‘Sailor, Air­man, Spy’ which has just been pub­lished by a Ross­lare com­pany.

Ted Hayes who be­came a Bri­tish spy in Berlin dur­ing the Cold War in the 1960’s, grew up in Balls­bridge, Dublin in the 1940’s and be­came a sailor at 17, work­ing on ships that plied their way around the coasts of Bri­tain and up to Ice­land and back.

Af­ter for­sak­ing the sea, he went to Belfast and joined the Royal Air Force and was posted to Scot­land where he trained and worked as a fit­ter on air­craft en­gines and was later posted to North­ern Ire­land.

Af­ter some years, he tried with­out suc­cess to re­turn to his na­tive Dublin, and even­tu­ally took the of­fer to train as a lin­guist at a se­cret lo­ca­tion in Eng­land from where he was sent to Berlin.

‘The doors of our train car­riage were slammed shut and locked. There was no turn­ing back as we were headed be­hind the Iron Curtain to the small demo­cratic an­nex of West Berlin’ Ted writes in ‘Sailor, Air­man, Spy’ which has been pub­lished by Three Sis­ters Press run by Michael Free­man.

Ted and his child­hood sweet­heart An­nette (nee Doyle) from a North Wex­ford fam­ily, lived in Oyle­gate for 11 years be­fore An­nette sadly died a year ago.

Ted was ac­tive in the com­mu­nity in Wex­ford, talk­ing about his life ex­pe­ri­ences on Chris­tian Me­dia Trust broad­casts on South East Ra­dio. He had pre­vi­ously been a pre­sen­ter with Mater Hos­pi­tal Ra­dio in Dublin.

The 124-page book which is sub-ti­tled Mem­oir of a Cold War Vet­eran, will be of­fi­cially launched by the Rev­erend Ho­race Kin­lay at Brabazon in Sandy­mount, Dublin this Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13 at 3pm.

Among those due to at­tend the launch are Ted’s cousins Brian Hayes MEP and Arthur Mur­phy, RTE ra­dio pre­sen­ter of ‘Mailbag’ and his friend Les­lie D.A. For­rest, the former Dean of Ferns.

‘Sailor, Air­man, Spy’ is avail­able in book­shops na­tion­wide.

A young Ted on the cover of ‘Sailor, Air­man, Spy’.

Ted Hayes.

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