Originally from Louth, she now lives in Dublin, since , and has been president of An Taisce since July Giles Norman is a photographer renowned for his atmospheric and arresting of black and white images. His extensive body of work ranges from dramatic landscapes to bold abstracts and timeless singular images. A leading authority on the history of Irish traditional music, he is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with several All-Ireland titles on concertina and uilleann pipes to his credit.
He won many awards for investigative journalism, including European Journalist of the Year and the Amnesty International Award Joe O'Brien lives in Ballyfermot in Dublin with his wife and children. He is the author of nine books featuring Alfie Green, a boy who can talk to plants. His research focuses on twentieth-century Ireland and processes of imperialism and nationalism, the education system, political and military history, sports history, and commemoration.
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He was commissioned in the Irish Army in On leaving the army he baceme a journalist in Fleet St, as well as in Nairobi. He published his first book, The Easter Lily, in , and became a full-time writer. He died as To Hell or Barbados went to press, in August In that role, and as a member of the Hunt Museums Trust, he had the opportunity to observe the economic and cultural legacy that John Hunt left to the region. Fergal O' Connor is an artist and illustrator from Co. His work is set within an imaginative, fantastical, and often dark universe inhabited by strange characters and creatures, a sombre world where the amazing and the beautiful lives side by side with the bleak and tragic.
He currently works from his home in Kerry where he creates artwork for exhibitions as well as illustrating for books and other publications. O'Connor spent six years researching published and unpublished material, as well as collecting the reminiscences of Gogarty's many friends to compose the book. She teaches classes in traditional cooking skills and has worked in professional kitchens from Brussels to Malaysia. She is a qualified Organic Horticulturalist and blogs about her food adventures at www. For the past nine years he has worked in Dublin City Council.
A true sensation, Daniel has come from Kincasslagh in Donegal to capture the hearts of people throughout the world with his own unique style of music. He has written for The Irish Times and several historical publications. Eileen O'Driscoll is a chartered physiotherapist and acupuncturist.
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She combines her busy Dublin practice with caring for her three children. A 'foodie' with a passion for good ingredients cooked with flair and ingenuity, this is her first book. Her work has appeared across a wide variety of areas from advertising campaigns to storybooks and gallery exhibitions. Joe O'Shea is a journalist and broadcaster, originally from Cork but living and working in Dublin.
He has been writing for a range of national newspapers and broadcast media since he was years-of age, first as a news reporter and then as a feature writer and columnist. He has also devised and presented TV programmes. He played rugby for Ireland and was capped four times. He was married to Anne, and they had two children.
In a life of many incarnations, Marita has been a child, scholar, student, teacher, civil servant, mother, and animal enthusiast. She studied English literature and German at Trinity, and went on to take her doctorate in English literature. She has worked for many years as an editor, a profession that very closely resembles that of writing. From that moment on she was hooked on all things space! Norah was on a mission: she wanted to learn everything she possibly could about space exploration, rockets, and how she could someday become an astronaut.
Peter Pearson is an historian, conservationist and noted artist with a lifelong commitment to the protection and enhancement of Ireland's architectural heritage. He has attended demolitions of many great houses, rescuing their decorative period features, in the process amassing a vast body of knowledge on the crafts, social and economic history of places throughout Ireland.
Gillian Perdue is a children's writer and dancing teacher. She previously worked as a primary school teacher for over fifteen years, and has always had a deep love for children's books. Gillian acted as chairperson of the Bisto Book Awards , and she has written resource materials for the use of real books in the classroom.
Charlie Pike started his writing career when he lived in Turkey, teaching English to adults and children. When he returned to Ireland he worked as an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, writing feature articles for Irish newspapers, until an opportunity came along to work for an Internet start-up.
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A freelance cartoonist currently living and working in London, Luca Pizzari fell in love with the art of the Kubert brothers when he was nine and decided he wanted to make comic books for a living straight away. Loves Occult and Pulp themes, '60s-'70s sleazy B-series movies and too many superhero comic books. She had a lifelong relationship with the Gaiety Theatre, beginning in , and she is best remembered for her comedy in numerous pantomimes, variety shows and the hugely popular summer revue, Gaels of Laughter.
Feargal Quinn founded Superquinn, the Irish supermarket group, in and was its Managing Director for many years during which it built an international reputation for excellence in customer service. He is the author of five children's novels, one adult novel and a memoir, Sea of Love, Sea of Loss.
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Tomi Reichental was born in in Slovakia. He was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Tomi has lived in Dublin since and regularly talks to Irish schools about his wartime experiences. A documentary about Tomi's attempts to meet one of his jailers, Close to Evil, has been shown on TV and in cinemas throughout the world, and helped again to raise the profile of the Holocaust.
Kate Rowan is a freelance sports journalist based in Dublin, specialising in features. Eddie Rowley is the Sunday World's showbiz correspondent, covering the local and international music scene since Eimear Ryan is from Co.
Tipperary and lives in Cork. She writes about sport for the Irish Examiner and is an editor for the literary journal Banshee. He has worked in the Film and Television industry as a writer, designer and animator for clients that include Porsche, Unilever and RyanAir.
The late Paul Ryan was a lover of language, especially slang, and spent many years collecting humorous quotations, sayings, and linguistic ticks and quirks. Born and brought up in Dublin, Michael has spent all his life with books. He worked in various bookshops and was an antiquarian bookseller before turning to writing. His first book appeared in , and he has had up to sixty books published since then.
Her website currently in German is www. Sheridan, Bex Sheridan, Michael Michael Sheridan has combined a career as a journalist with that of theatre director. He has written extensively on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder and the Garda investigation. Michael was also the main screenplay writer for the film When the Sky Falls based on the life and death of journalist Veronica Guerin.
Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in Initially a sports journalist, he worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune , where he became assistant editor. He has written several books about cricket and rugby. His Rugby Spirit series has sold over 50, copies and is hugely popular with sports-loving children around the world. George Otto Simms was born in Dublin in Ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in , he spent his working life in the service of the church and was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from until his retirement in Peter Sirr lives in Dublin.
Will Sliney is an internationally renowned graphic artist, living in Cork.
Gordon Snell has written many books for children as well as comedy for adults. He lives in Dublin. He was married to the best-selling author Maeve Binchy for many years, before she sadly passed away in He has written and presented over twenty programmes for television on wild landscape, culture, travel and adventure.
Ray Stagles was born and brought up in Leyton, east London.
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He studied at University College London, evacuated to Aberystwyth, and there met his future wife, Joan. They both took Honours degrees in English in He served as a radar mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm until After the war he taught in schools in Essex, then became a Head Teacher, first, in , in Shropshire, then, from , in Berkshire. Jonathan Swift , was the author of Gulliver's Travels, one of the world's greatest satirical fantasies. Edmund John Millington Synge 16 April — 24 March was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, travel writer and collector of folklore.
He was a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival and was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre.
He is best known for his play The Playboy of the Western World , which caused riots in Dublin during its opening run at the Abbey Theatre. Alice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office. Since her eldest son has taken over responsibility for the shop, she has been able to devote more time to her writing. Alice Taylor worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon.