Martin Gordon was born in the Glasgow shipbuilding district of Govan on the 15th.April, 1931. He lived there until he was fourteen years old. As a consequence, he eperienced the depression of the 1930s and the dramatic years of World War2. His father was from Easkey in County Sligo, who had to flee from the family farm, as his life had been threatend by poltical opponents in the recent civil war.
Once the war was over, he travelled to an aunt's small farm on Ireland's scenic West coast, where he learned how to do al the tasks that such a life required doing. The only one he never learned was how to milk a cow.
Always of a religious disposition, Martin was eventually ordained a priest and sent to a London parish, where he soon became a well-kown figure in the world of entertainment and football. As chaplain to the Royal Free hospital, the young priest was on call 24/7. Late one night, a staff nurse telephoned to say tha a dying Protestant patient was asking for the 'football priest'. "We knew that it had to be you, father," the nurse told him. This was most unusal, as the priest only met with Catholic patients. But this was a man with whom Father Gordon used to chat about the fortunes of the London football teams the previous Saturday.
But after six years,the priest gave up the ministry and took on a new career in print sales. Four years later he married. The couple have three grown up children and live in Cork.
Martin published two best-selling magazines on the visits of Pope John Paul 2 to Ireland and France: Ireland's Historic Visitor and La Visite Memorable.
In 2009, martin was within 24 hours of dying, but survived to complete and publish this amazing story.