JOHN Pridmore, the former London gangster will be coming to speak as part of a parish mission in Kilcormac from Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 2.
He has just returned from Milan, Chicago, and Florida after speaking at international conferences and finished a tour reaching more than 7,000 young people in schools and prisons throughout the UK.
Forty-six year-old Pridmore served two prison sentences himself and went on to become a feared enforcer in the London underworld.
The money he made from his life of crime bought him the classic gangster lifestyle of fast cars, designer suits and a string of beautiful women.
He underwent a dramatic life-changing experience after nearly killing a man outside a central London nightclub.
Since he has travelled internationally personally speaking to over 2.5 million people warning young people about the dangers of gang and drug culture at six foot five with a shaved head Pridmore looks more the hard man than motivational speaker but he leaves a deep impact on the young people he meets.
On the back of his bestselling biography ‘From Gangland to Promised Land’, John has released his latest book entitled ‘Journey to Freedom’.
In it he delves into the theme of inner awareness and healing and speaks of his work with young teenagers and ex gang members into becoming important members of society.
In December he was brought to Los Angeles to meet Paul Kelmenson a Hollywood producer who was responsible for the Blockbuster ‘Ronin’ and for ‘American History X’, and is hoping to bring Pridmore’s story of hope to the big screen.
Last year alone he spoke in 16 countries including a two-month long tour in Australia and a visit to Liberia where he reached out to former children soldiers that had taken part in the bloody civil war that left thousands scarred by the violence and divided the country for over a decade.
Kilcormac Parish Mission
Evening sessions Monday to Friday 7.30pm in Kilcormac
Morning sessions Monday to Thursday 10am in Kilcormac
Morning sessions Monday to Wednesday 10am in Mountbolus