John McKenna, the editor of A Beleaguered Station: The Memoir of Head Constable John McKenna 1891–1921, is the grandson of Head Constable John McKenna. A Civil Servant based in Belfast, he has a longterm interest in genealogy and family history. Other interests include creative writing. As a second son and in the Irish tradition, he was named after his father’s father.
Although born long after his grandfather had died, his interest in his RIC ancestor down the years has culminated in having A Beleaguered Station published. His current wider interest in the period of Irish history covered by the memoir resulted from research conducted in order to better understand his grandfather’s experiences.