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Meet Gillies MacBain

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Sweny's Pharmacy

1 Lincoln Place

Dublin 2

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Gillies Macbain was a butler at Buckingham Palace, met Mick Jagger and was arrested as a suspect in a bombing. Which is true?

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Gillies Macbain was a butler at Buckingham Palace.

Gillies Macbain met Mick Jagger.

Gillies Macbain was arrested as a suspect in a bombing.

Only one of these things is true, but the other two aren’t far from reality. Meet Gillies Macbain, a man whose life has been nothing if not unpredictable.

In the summer of 1964, 21-year-old Gillies Macbain arrived in Dublin fresh off the ferry from England with only his bicycle, a suitcase and a tent to his name. Young, handsome and charismatic, he began work as a footman in one of the houses of the dying aristocracy. Thus begins his foray into the upper echelons of Irish society.

During this event at Sweny’s Pharmacy, the author will regale you with tales from his past, but it is up to you to judge his stories and decipher what is real and what is fabricated as he attempts to ‘forget the facts – and tell the truth’. Gillies is author of The Last Footman (The Lilliput Press).

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