• Gerry Adams

    Adams, Gerry

    President of Sinn Féin and TD for Louth, Gerry Adams has been a published writer since 1982. His books have won critical acclaim in many quarters and have been widely translated. His writings range from local history and reminiscence to politics and short stories, and they include the fullest and most authoritative exposition of modern Irish republicanism.   (more)

    • Cage Eleven
    • Hope and History
    • The New Ireland
    • The Irish Gardener's Handbook
  • Brendan Anderson

    Anderson, Brendan

    Brendan Anderson was born in Belfast in December 1945. He has worked in print for thirty-five years – first as a compositor, then as a proofreader, a typesetter and page make-up artist. Selected by an enlightened editor at the Irish News to be trained as a journalist in 1989, he became senior reporter and security writer for that paper within two years. He has covered all the big stories of the Irish troubles, and interviewed and questioned all of the major players.   (more)

    • Joe Cahill
  • Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald

    Ashe FitzGerald, Mairéad

    Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald grew up in County Clare. She is a graduate of NUI Galway and University College Dublin where she studied Archaeology. Mairéad taught Irish and History before working in publishing for many years. Being invited by OBP to write books allows her to indulge her passion for research into Ireland's history, archaeology and literature.

    • A Terrible Beauty
    • Castles of Ireland
    • Best-Loved Yeats
    • Inside the GPO 1916
  • Barrett, Betty

    Betty Barrett is an experienced Dublin tour guide with extensive knowledge of the city, its history and attractions.
    • The Golden Book of Dublin
    • Le Livre d'Or Dublin
    • El Libro de Oro Dublín
  • Philomena Begley

    Begley, Philomena

    Multi-award-winning singer Philomena Begley is an Irish country star whose international career in show business spans fifty-five years. Philomena lives in Galbally, County Tyrone with her husband, Tom, and she is a proud mother of three and a grandmother of five. When not entertaining the masses, Philomena enjoys spending time with her family, following Tyrone GAA and baking.

    • Philomena Begley
  • Brendan Behan

    Behan, Brendan

    Brendan Behan was born in Dublin in 1923. In 1954 his play, The Quare Fellow, was accepted for production by the Pike Theatre in Dublin. Another play, The Hostage, and his autobiographical Borstal Boy make him an international name. Brendan Behan died in 1964.
    • After The Wake
  • Benjaminse, Paul

    Paul Benjaminse is an award winning cartographer and author. He lives in Amsterdam.

    • Around Ireland on a Bike
  • Brendan Boland

    Boland, Brendan

    Born in 1961, Brendan Boland is originally from Dundalk, Co Louth. Today he lives with his wife and childhood sweetheart Martina in the UK, where he works with a multinational media group.  In 1975 he disclosed to a priest that he had been abused by Fr Brendan Smyth. He became embroiled in a secret church inquiry that he thought would put a stop to Smyth’s abuse.   (more)

    • Sworn to Silence
  • Muriel Bolger

    Bolger, Muriel

    Muriel Bolger is an experienced travel writer and magazine editor.
    • Beautiful Landscapes of Ireland
    • Irlande - Paysages Glorieux
    • A Short History of Ireland's Writers
    • The Midnight Court
  • Dr. Bourke, Edward J.

    Edward J. Bourke is a scientist working at Diageo St James’s Gate Global Beer Technical Centre.
    He has an abiding interest in industrial history, especially relating to Ireland, and has published several books on shipwrecks around the Irish coast.
    His fascination with the Guinness brewery began at an early age as both his parents and grandparents owned pubs in Dublin.

    • The Guinness Story
  • Peter Boylan

    Doctor Boylan, Peter

    Dr Peter Boylan, MAO, FRCPI, FRCOG, is a retired consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist. He practiced at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin, where he was Master from 1991 to 1998.

    • The Irish Pregnancy Book
    • The Port Wine Stain
    • Dubliners
  • Sean Boyne

    Boyne, Sean

    Sean Boyne is a journalist and author. He retired in 2009 as Political Correspondent of the Sunday World, one of Ireland’s major newspapers.

    • Gunrunners
    • Sold into Marriage
  • Gerry Bradley

    Bradley, Gerry

    GERRY BRADLEY was an IRA operator all of his adult life, from 1970 until the ceasefire in 1994, carrying out shootings, bombings and raids.

    • Insider
    • Dublin By Design
  • Brandt, Beate

    Beate Brandt has a translation degree from the University of Saarbrücken. She moved to Ireland in 1994, where she set up a localisation company with her partner in 2002. She lives and works in Ireland and Germany.

    • Das Book of Kells
    • All in the Cooking
  • Brenock, Michael

    Michael Brenock grew up in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in a market gardening family. In his early career as a horticulturist, he worked on various local authority schemes designed to encourage home gardening and self-sufficiency, until the demise of such schemes in the 1970s. He also worked at Teagasc developing commercial vegetable growing.   (more)

    • The Irish Gardener's Handbook
  • Marian Broderick

    Broderick, Marian

    Marian Broderick is a writer and editor who lives and works in London. She is second-generation Irish; her parents are from Donegal and Limerick. She spent every summer of her childhood in Ireland and has developed strong links with the place and the people. Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History proved hugely popular on publication in 2001 and Marian furthered her research to bring the reader more wild Irish women in Bold, Brilliant & Bad: Irish Women from History (2018).

    • Saint Patrick
    • Bold, Brilliant and Bad
    • Wild Irish Women
  • Ken Bruen

    Bruen, Ken

    Ken Bruen (born 1951) is an Irish writer of hard-boiled and noir crime fiction. His books have been widely translated and adapted for the screen. He lives in Galway.
    • American Skin
    • Dublin Noir
  • Sheila Bugler

    Bugler, Sheila

    Sheila Bugler grew up in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway, she left Ireland and worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and Argentina before finally settling in London, where she lives with her husband Sean, and their children, Luke and Ruby.

    In 2008, she was one of four writers to be offered a place on the Arts Council-funded Apprenticeships in Fiction programme – a mentoring scheme designed to nurture emerging writers in the UK and Ireland.   (more)

    • Hunting Shadows
    • The Waiting Game
    • All Things Nice
    • The Writers
  • Emma Byrne

    Byrne, Emma

    Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets.   (more)

    • Ulysses
    • Irish Thatch
    • Ulysses
  • Joe Cahill

    Cahill, Joe

    Joe Cahill was a lifelong and high-ranking member of the IRA. 

    • Joe Cahill
    • Public Virtue, Public Love
  • David Caren

    Caren, David

    David Caren is a regular contributor on fatherhood and men’s health issues for print, web and radio. David is dad to three wonderful and welcoming distractions.

    • The Irish Dad's Survival Guide to Pregnancy [& Beyond]
    • The Writers
  • Carson, Emily

    Emily Carson is a freelance writer and festival organiser. She has worked for the James Joyce Centre as the Marketing Manager for the Bloomsday Festival. This is her first book.

    • Written in My Heart
  • Shane Carthy

    Carthy, Shane

    Born in 1994, Shane Carthy lives in the seaside town of Portmarnock in north Dublin. He has played Gaelic football at the very highest level, representing Dublin at Minor, U21 and Senior levels, and collecting five All Ireland medals to date. When he’s not playing football, Shane spends most of his time with family and friends and travels the length and breadth of the country sharing his experiences with mental health. 

    • Dark Blue
  • Seamus Cashman

    Cashman, Seamus

    Seamus Cashman established Wolfhound Press Ltd in 1974 as a literary and cultural publishing house, and as publisher until 2001 won an international reputation for the press, earning many design, publishing and children's book awards over the years. A former teacher and book editor, his own published works include two co-edited and lasting volumes, Irish Poems for Young People and Proverbs and Sayings of Ireland.   (more)

    • Irish Proverbs & Sayings
    • The A to Z of Being Irish
    • Irish Mammy in Your Pocket
    • The A-Z of an Irish Christmas
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, PS, I scored the bridesmaids
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: The Teenage Dirtbag Years
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, The Miseducation Years
  • Howard Clarke

    Clarke, Howard

    Howard Clarke, a director of The Medieval Trust, the parent body of Dublinia Ltd, has published extensively on the history of medieval Dublin and the Viking Age in general.

    • Dublin and the Viking World
    • Dublin
  • Kathleen Clarke

    Clarke, Kathleen

    Kathleen Clarke was a political activist and wife of Tom Clarke, the first signatory of the Easter 1916 Proclamation. She knew and worked with many of the major figures in modern Irish history, like Eamon De Valera, Michael Collins, Padraig Pearse and James Connolly.
    • Kathleen Clarke
  • Catherine Cleary

    Cleary, Catherine

    CATHERINE CLEARY is a journalist, author and broadcaster. She began her career as a reporter with The Irish Times in 1994 and became security correspondent of The Sunday Tribune. She met Alice Leahy in the 1990s while reporting on social issues around crime and poverty. Catherine’s publications include: Life Sentence, Murder Victims and their Families (2004) and A Month of Somedays, How One Woman made the most of Now (2012).   (more)

    • Life Sentence
    • The Stars Are Our Only Warmth
    • Holy Terrors
  • Malachy Clerkin

    Clerkin, Malachy

    Malachy Clerkin is the chief sportswriter of the Sunday Tribune where he has worked since winning a sportswriting competition organised and overseen by his co-author Gerard Siggins in 1999.
    He has been assured by his co-author that there was more than one entrant, but has yet to see documentary proof that this was the case.
    He has covered every conceivable sporting event for the Tribune, from Olympic Games to World Cups in soccer and rugby.
    • Lansdowne Road
  • Cole, Paddy

    From his first performance in his native Castleblayney at age twelve, billed as ‘Ireland’s youngest saxophone player’, Paddy Cole been playing on stages around the world for almost seventy years.
    With The Capitol Showband, The Big 8 to The Paddy Cole Band, he has played with Irish legends such as Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock, Joe Dolan and Twink, and has more recently been a regular highlight of the Cork Jazz Festival.   (more)

    • Paddy Cole
  • Lorcan Collins

    Collins, Lorcan

    Lorcan Collins is founder of the 1916 Walking Tour of Dublin and, with Conor Kostick, wrote The Easter Rising: A Guide to Dublin in 1916. He lectures on Easter 1916 in the United States, and is a regular contributor to radio, television and historical journals.   (more)

    • 1916: The Rising Handbook
    • Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-21
    • The Easter Rising
  • Stephen Collins

    Collins, Stephen

    STEPHEN COLLINS is political editor of the Sunday Tribune and is a frequent contributor to radio and television programmes on political matters. He has written several books, including The Haughey Files and Spring and the Labour Story. His latest book, The Power Game, charting the rise and fall and rise again of the Fianna Fáil party, is a bestseller.
    • People, Politics and Power
    • Edward Daly
    • Sean Heuston
  • Kathleen Comerford

    Comerford, Kathleen

    KATHLEEN COMERFORD has been preparing drivers for driving test success since 1999. She trained at the UK’s Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and worked for several years with the IAM in Ireland. Kathleen trained fleet drivers in risk assessment and has worked with the Irish School of Excellence in running driver education programmes for transition year students.

    • Pass Your Driving Test in Ireland
  • Stephen Conlin

    Conlin, Stephen

    Stephen Conlin was born in County Armagh, studied in Dublin and Belfast, and now divides his time between England and the Czech Republic. An early interest in historic buildings led to exhibitions and illustration work, including several postage stamp issues for An Post. He regularly carries out commissions for conservation bodies such as the National Trust in the UK, Historic Environment Scotland, English Heritage and Country Life magazine.   (more)

    • Dublin
    • Dublin
    • The Christy Moore Songbook
  • Kevin Connolly

    Connolly, Kevin

    Kevin Connolly grew up in Bailieborough, Co Cavan. In 1982, he opened the Winding Stair Bookshop and Café in Dublin, and in 1995, a second branch in Sligo. After a decade in the US, he has now returned to live in Sligo.

    • Arise And Go
  • Tom Connolly

    Connolly, Tom

    Tom Connolly was born in Charleville, County Cork, in 1934, the eighth member of a family of thirteen. His father and grandfather were both policemen. He joined the Garda Síochána in 1955, and retired in 1994, having risen to the rank of Detective Superintendent. He has been commended on many occasions for his impartiality and conscientiousness in conducting investigations, and was awarded the Gold Scott Medal for valour in 1975.   (more)

    • Detective
  • John Cooney

    Cooney, John

    John Cooney is a journalist and broadcaster based in Dublin. He is a visiting Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Humbert Summer School in County Mayo. A former Religious Affairs correspondent with the Irish Times, he is author of The Crozier and The Dáil, Church-State in Ireland 1922-1986.
    • John Charles McQuaid
  • Kevin Corcoran

    Corcoran, Kevin

    KEVIN CORCORAN has an intimate knowledge and love of the Irish landscape. An environmental biologist, he has studied the West of Ireland both professionally and as a rambler, and lectures on Ecology and Environmental Studies. Operating a private nature reserve, he is tirelessly involved in the repair and creation of natural habitats, for both educational and preservation purposes.   (more)

    • Kerry Walks
  • Vawn Corrigan

    Corrigan, Vawn

    Dublin-based writer Vawn Corrigan is a graduate of  Trinity College Dublin. Vawn's writing on Irish craft has been published in the Irish Arts ReviewIrish Antiques JournalIreland of the Welcomes and the international textiles magazine Selvedge. She is also a contributor to RTÉ  radio's Sunday Miscellany. Vawn enjoys collaborations which document the social history of living craft traditions.

    • Irish Aran
    • Irish Tweed
  • Paddy Crosbie

    Crosbie, Paddy

    Paddy Crosbie was born in Dublin in 1913, educated at St Paul's CBS, St Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra and University College, Dublin. He was the famous creator of such radio and television programmes as The School Around the Corner, Back to School, Tug O'Words and Paddy's Playground, and made frequent appearances on The Late Late Show.   (more)

    • Your Dinner's Poured Out
  • Máire Cruise O'Brien

    Cruise O'Brien, Máire

    An established Irish language author, Máire has published many highly acclaimed volumes of verse, articles, short stories and translations.

    • The Same Age as the State
    • The Same Age as the State
  • Frank Cullen

    Cullen, Frank

    Dr Frank Cullen is Head of School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology in the Dublin Institute of Technology.

    • All In The Food
  • Mark Cunningham

    Cunningham, Mark

    A devoted Horslips fan since his early teens, Mark Cunningham first interviewed the band in 1995, for Hot Press magazine. Later, he created the souvenir brochures for the band’s reunion tours, and produced videos for their general promotion.

    Mark’s early career was focused on work as a bass guitarist, composer and producer.   (more)

    • Horslips
  • Noel Cunningham

    Cunningham, Noel

    TV personality and hotelier Noel Cunningham has always had a passion about manners and etiquette. Noel has a long and distinguished career in Hotel Catering and Tourism. He has worked on some of the great ocean-going liners and is well acquainted with the grand hotels of the world. He has always been of the opinion that the well-mannered young person, aware of the social niceties, and well versed in the requirements of proper etiquette, will have the perfect head start in life! He has met film stars and royalty, politicians and primates, and the wonderful Joe Soaps.   (more)

    • Noel Cunningham's Guide to Modern Irish Manners
  • Dr. Curran, Robert

    No one is sure where Bob Curran comes from. Tradition says that one moment he wasn’t there and the next moment he was in County Down. He has, however, held various jobs – including gravedigger, hospital porter, civil servant and teacher – has studied History and Education at the New University of Ulster, and has received a Ph.D.   (more)

    • The Truth About Leprechauns
    • A Haunted Land
    • A Bewitched Land
  • Austin Currie

    Currie, Austin

    AUSTIN CURRIE first came to prominence as one of the most articulate and powerful Civil Rights activists in the Northern Ireland of the 1960s, where his most famous stand was the unheard-of occupation of a council house in Caledon, County Tyrone, in a protest against the sectarian bias in social housing allocations.   (more)

    • All Hell Will Break Loose
  • D'Arcy, Gordon

    Gordon D'Arcy is an artist inspired by nature. He has been he has been drawing and painting since childhood. Birds are the main theme but he also depicts plants, animals and landscapes and other nature themes stimulated by travels in Europe, Africa and America. His works include commissions for public art work for Local Authorities and communities.   (more)

    • Ireland's Coast
    • Wild Dublin
  • Stephen Davison

    Davison, Stephen

    STEPHEN DAVISON is a photographer with Pacemaker, Belfast. A road-racing enthusiast, he has followed the career of Joey Dunlop for many years, producing award-winning pics for specialist magazines, newspapers and TV. His website is at

    • Joey Dunlop
  • Louis de Paor

    de Paor, Louis

    LOUIS DE PAOR is one of the most celebrated poets of the Irish language. A former editor of the acclaimed Irish language journal Innti (founded by Michael Davitt, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock), he is now the Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.   (more)

    • The Miraculous Parish / An Paróiste Míorúilteach
  • Sarah Dent

    Dent, Sarah

    Sarah Dent is archaeological curator and education officer at Dublinia

    • Dublin
  • Paddy Dillon

    Dillon, Paddy

    Paddy Dillon is a freelance outdoor writer specialising in Ireland and Britain. He is the author of many articles and guidebooks including The National Trails of Britain and Ireland, The Mountains of Ireland, The Irish Coast to Coast Walk, Exploring the North of Ireland, and Exploring the South of Ireland.   (more)

    • The Mournes Walks
    • Cracking Crime
  • Sheila Dooley

    Dooley, Sheila

    Sheila Dooley is the curator and educational officer in Dublinia, where she has played an innovative role in developing ground-breaking narratives of Viking Dublin for world-wide audiences.

    • Dublin and the Viking World
  • Tom Doorley

    Doorley, Tom

    Once a teacher in St Columba's, and then a freelance journalist and TV celebrity food critic, TOM DOORLEY now writes a popular restaurant column for The Irish Times. He also hosts a Saturday evening programme on RTÉ Radio 1 called ‘Food Talk’. This is his first book.
    • Muck and Merlot
  • Colm Doyle

    Doyle, Colm

    Colm Doyle graduated in architecture from Dundee University and practised in London with the award-winning Paul Davis & Partners before establishing DMVF Architects in 2005. As an RIAI Grade 3 conservation architect, Colm has a passion for integrating contemporary architecture within historic environments.

    • Make The Home You Love
  • Evan Doyle

    Doyle, Evan

    Evan Doyle opened his first restaurant in Clifden, County Galway, in 1985, and followed this with the original Strawberry Tree Restaurant in Killarney, County Kerry, in 1988. In 1999, together with his two brothers, Evan opened The BrookLodge Hotel in Macreddin Village, County Wicklow and it is here that today’s Strawberry Tree restaurant showcases artisan and locally produced organic foods.   (more)

    • Wild Food
    • Mother From Hell
    • Mother From Hell
    • Arkle
  • Marie Duffy

    Duffy, Marie

    Born in Dublin’s south inner city, Marie Duffy first found fame in the 1960s, dancing on entertainment shows on the newly launched Teilifís Éireann. She went on to become one of Ireland’s foremost dancing teachers – at Inis Ealga and her own Marie Duffy Irish Dance School – mentoring world champions and some of the performers from the original Riverdance line.   (more)

    • Lady of the Dance
  • Barry Duggan

    Duggan, Barry

    Barry Duggan began his career in journalism when Limerick was hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    As Mid-Western correspondent with Independent Newspapers, he is well placed to witness and chronicle a decade of Limerick’s troubles.

    • Mean Streets
    • Feed Your Child Well
  • Des Ekin

    Ekin, Des

    Des Ekin is a retired journalist and the author of four books. Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, he began his career as a reporter. After spending several years covering the Ulster Troubles, he rose to become Deputy Editor of the Belfast Sunday News before moving to his current home in Dublin.   (more)

    • Stone Heart
    • Single Obsession
    • Ireland's Pirate Trail
    • Celtic Names for Children
  • Fahy, Bernadette

    Bernadette Fahy spent much of her childhood in Goldenbridge Orphanage. Now she is a therapist specialising in helping people overcome a childhood in care.

    • Freedom of Angels
  • Donal Fallon

    Fallon, Donal

    DONAL FALLON is a lecturer and historian based in Dublin. Co-founder of the popular social history website ‘Come Here To Me’, his previous publications include The Pillar: The Life and After Life of the Nelson Pillar (New Island, 2014). He is currently completing a PhD on republican commemoration and memory in 1930s Ireland.

    • John MacBride
    • The Writers
  • Pat Falvey

    Falvey, Pat

    Pat Falvey is an Irish adventurer and mountaineer who has led expeditions to many parts of the world, including Everest, Antarctica, Greenland and West Papua New Guinea. He has twice been to each of the highest peaks on the seven continents. An author, motivational speaker and film maker, he is the executive producer of The Summit (Image Now Films and Pat Falvey Productions, 2012) which portrays on screen the story told in this book.   (more)

    • The Summit
    • Feed Your Child Well
  • Brian Feeney

    Feeney, Brian

    Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He was an SDLP councillor for sixteen years. He is co-author of Lost Lives: the story of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland troubles.   (more)

    • Seán MacDiarmada
    • A Short History of the Troubles
    • Insider
  • John Flood

    Flood, John

    John Flood studied architecture at DIT, Bolton Street and worked on award-winning projects with de Blacam & Meagher Architects before founding DMVF Architects. John has experience in bar, restaurant and office design as well as residential projects and holds an RIAI accreditation in sustainability.

    • Make The Home You Love
  • Raymond Fogarty

    Fogarty, Raymond

    Raymond Fogarty is a professional drone pilot, videographer and photographer based in the south of Ireland. His unique aerial images of the landscapes and scenes from the skies above Ireland are highly acclaimed and have garnered significant attention, both nationally and internationally.   (more)

    • From the Air - Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
  • Weeshie Fogarty (decd.)

    Fogarty (decd.), Weeshie

    One of Ireland's best-known sports broadcasters, Weeshie Fogarty was a true sports fan. An All Ireland winning player for Kerry, and referee at the highest level, he also represented Ireland at all levels in basketball. His Terrace Talk programme on Radio Kerry had a fanatical following. Weeshie died in 2018.

    • The Heart and Soul of Kerry Football
  • Michael Foley

    Foley, Michael

    Originally from Killavullen, Co Cork, Michael Foley has written Kings of September, winner of the 2007 BoyleSports Irish Sportsbook of the year. He also ghostwrote Harte: Presence Is the Only Thing, the autobiography of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, shortlisted for the 2009 William Hill Irish Sportsbook of the Year.   (more)

    • The Bloodied Field
    • Kings of September
    • 1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland
    • Brian McDermott's Donegal Table
    • Traditional Irish Cooking for Today
    • Irish Proverbs & Sayings
  • Mary Gallagher

    Gallagher, Mary

    Mary Gallagher lives in Dublin and previously worked for Enterprise Ireland. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Modern Irish History and a Certificate in Genealogy from University College Dublin.

    • Eamonn Ceannt
  • Andrew Gallimore

    Gallimore, Andrew

    Andrew Gallimore was educated at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and the University of Oxford where he was part of the Reuter Foundation Fellowship Programme for International Journalism. A former print journalist, he became a television reporter working on several news and current affairs programmes in the United Kingdom.   (more)

    • Babyface Goes to Hollywood
  • Tom Galvin

    Galvin, Tom

    TOM GALVIN went to Poland in 1994 to live and teach in a Polish state school for five years. He later worked as a journalist for The Warsaw Voice and Radio Polonia in Warsaw. He now works for the Evening Herald, on the Polski Herald supplement and as books editor.   (more)

    • There's An Egg in my Soup
  • John Gibney

    Gibney, John

    John Gibney has a PhD in History from Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Ireland and the Popish Plot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and of a number of articles on various aspects of Irish history for BBC Northern Ireland, Éire-Ireland, Field Day Review, Irish Historical Studies.   (more)

    • Sean Heuston
  • Ann Louise Gilligan

    Gilligan, Ann Louise

    ANN LOUISE GILLIGAN, PhD was appointed to the staff of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in 1976, and has worked in the area of teacher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level for the past thirty years. She established and directed its Educational Disadvantage Centre, and has lectured and published on the philosophy of the imagination, philosophies of difference and educational equality.   (more)

    • Our Lives Out Loud
  • Robbie Gilligan

    Gilligan, Robbie

    Robbie Gilligan is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He has written academic books on the topics of Irish Child Care Services and Child Development. This is his first book with O’Brien Press.
    • Tony Gregory
    • The Invincibles
  • Tom Gilmore

    Gilmore, Tom

    Tom Gilmore is a journalist, author and broadcaster with The Tuam Herald and Galway Bay FM. He was recently honoured for his outstanding contribution to country music presented by Big Tom himself. Tom Gilmore has been writing about country music for over 30 years. Big Tom said of Tom Gilmore:

    "Tom and myself go back a long long way.   (more)

    • Big Tom
    • Paddy Cole
  • Trevis Gleason

    Gleason, Trevis

    Trevis L. Gleason is been an award-winning writer, culinarian, consultant and instructor. His memoir, Chef Interrupted, won the Prestige Award of the International Jury at the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards, and Dingle Dinners represented Ireland in the 2018 World Cookbook Awards.   (more)

    • Burren Dinners
    • Dingle Dinners
    • Inside the GPO 1916
    • Inside the GPO 1916
  • Damien Goodfellow

    Goodfellow, Damien

    Damien Goodfellow is an artist and writer and lives in Galway. Damien's first graphic novel, Brian Boru - Ireland's Warrior King, was published in 2011

    • Black '47: A Story of Ireland's Great Famine
    • Brian Boru
  • Granville, Gary

    Gary Granville is Professor of Education in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was formerly Assistant Chief Executive in the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Originally a teacher in Dublin schools, he worked on innovative education projects in the Curriculum Development Unit in Dublin.   (more)

    • Dublin 1913
  • Matt Griffin

    Griffin, Matt

    Matthew Griffin was born in Dublin and now lives in Ennis. He has garnered a reputation as one of the most eclectic graphic artists in contemporary illustration, collecting awards and accolades for his work in publishing, advertising and, in particular, the field of poster art. His passion for visual design was always married to one for writing.   (more)

    • At War With the Empire
    • Bobby Sands
  • Darryl Grimason

    Grimason, Darryl

    'Born to fish and forced to work', Darryl Grimason is a TV reporter and presenter for BBC Northern Ireland. A native of County Armagh, he lives in Dollingstown with his wife Karen and two daughters. He has presented two popular television series about fishing, Coast to Coast and the award-winning Big Six.
    • Reading the Water
  • Gyalje Sherpa, Pemba

    Pemba Gyalje Sherpa was born in northern Nepal and grew up in the shadow of Mount Everest. His experience as a professional mountain guide has taken him to the Alps and Himalaya, including to the summit of Everest on seven occasions. He is an IVBV/UIAGM/IFMGA-certified mountain guide since 2009 and is an expert in alpine rescue and climbing.   (more)

    • The Summit
    • Exploring the World of Colmcille
  • Dave Hannigan

    Hannigan, Dave

    Dave Hannigan is a sports columnist with The Sunday Tribune, the Evening Echo and New York’s Irish Echo.

    He is the author of three previous books and is also an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island.

    • De Valera in America
    • Terence MacSwiney
  • Peter Harbison

    Harbison, Peter

    Dr Peter Harbison is honorary academic editor of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor of Archaeology at the Royal Hibernian Academy, and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. He studied archaeology at UCD and the University of Marburg and was editor of
    Ireland of the Welcomes for nine years.   (more)

    • Dublin
    • Dublin
    • Beautiful Landscapes of Ireland
  • Greg Harkin

    Harkin, Greg

    Greg Harkin is the Belfast journalist who broke the Stakeknife story.

    • Stakeknife
  • Edward Hayden

    Hayden, Edward

    EDWARD HAYDEN works in Dunbrody Country House where he teaches in the Dunbrody Cookery School. Edward also teaches adult education courses in Waterford Institute of Technology and regularly lectures in Ryeland House Cookery School, Inish Beg Estate cookery school and An Grianan, ICA Adult Education Centre.   (more)

    • Food To Love
    • Food for Friends
  • Hayes, Tadhg

    Tadhg Hayes lives and works in Kerry, one of the richest sources of 'the Gab' in the country.
    • Gift of the Gab
  • Shay Healy

    Healy, Shay

    SHAY HEALY is an author, songwriter, TV producer and presenter. His RTÉ 1 pet series, Beastly Behaviour, was a big hit with audiences old and young. He also released a CD of animal songs, Havananimal Week. Shay is best known as the writer of ‘What’s Another Year’, which won the Eurovision Song Contest for Johnny Logan in 1980.

    • On the Road
    • Thrills and Spills
  • Heatherington, Emma

    Emma Heatherington is a bestselling author from Donaghmore, County Tyrone. Her novels include the UK Top Ten Amazon Kindle hit The Legacy of Lucy Harte (HarperImpulse, HarperCollins, 2017) which is also translated internationally. Emma has also penned three stage musicals and over sixty educational short films and plays.   (more)

    • Philomena Begley
  • Dave Hendrick

    Hendrick, Dave

    Dublin native Dave Hendrick's previous work includes The Symptoms (Zuda) and Short Sharp Schlocks. He is currently working on a number of projects including a Pearl Jam comic book anthology and other graphic novels. For more                                                                                                                                            

    • Granuaile: Queen of Storms
  • Regina Hennelly

    Hennelly, Regina

    Regina Hennelly is a journalist and writes for The Examiner and The Irish Independent. She has reported extensively on the Barr tribunal which was set up to investigate the Abbeylara shooting.
    • Abbeylara
  • Gillian Hick

    Hick, Gillian

    Gillian Hick was born in Dublin and has practised as a vet both in Dublin and in Wicklow for the many years. She also works for the Irish Blue Cross. She lives in Co. Wicklow, where she has her own practice, with her husband, three children, and a large assortment of four-legged companions.

    • Vet On A Mission
    • Vet on the Loose
    • Vet Among the Pigeons
  • Anne Holland

    Holland, Anne

    Anne Holland was a successful amateur rider who once rode at Aintree on Grand National day. She has written many books on horse-racing including Steeplechasing: A Celebration, The Grand National: The Irish At Aintree and All in the Blood.

    • Arkle
    • Festival Fever
    • The Grand National
    • The Dublin Marathon
  • Paul Howard

    Howard, Paul

    Paul Howard helps Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to write his autobiographical series, largely because Ross can't really write, roysh? Find out more at

    He is also the author of the bestselling prison expose, The Joy, and co-author of Celtic Warrior, the autobiography of boxer Steve Collins.   (more)

    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: The Teenage Dirtbag Years
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, PS, I scored the bridesmaids
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, The Miseducation Years
  • Brian Hughes

    Hughes, Brian

    Born in Dublin, Brian Hughes studied in NUI Maynooth and Trinity College Dublin.

    • Michael Mallin
  • Harry Hughes

    Hughes, Harry

    Harry Hughes, author of a number of local history books, lives in Westport, County Mayo. He is chairman of the Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee and chairman of the Croagh Patrick Famine Memorial Committee and is a member of the Croagh Patrick Millennium Park Committee. The Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee organised the FÁS sponsored archaeological survey of Croagh Patrick and its environs.   (more)

    • Croagh Patrick
  • Gerry Hunt

    Hunt, Gerry

    Gerry Hunt worked for twenty-five years as an architect, eighteen of them with the IDA. In 1986 he left architecture and began drawing political cartoons. From this, he moved on to drawing entire comics ... his first, self-produced, comic was a rhyming, Spanish-language work that he gave away to friends.   (more)

    • At War With the Empire
    • 1913 - Larkin's Labour War
    • Bobby Sands
    • Stakeknife
  • Drago Jancar

    Jancar, Drago

    Drago Jancar, born in Maribor in 1948, is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and playwright. His works have been translated into many European languages, and his plays have enjoyed a number of foreign productions.

    In 1974 he was taken into custody over alleged propaganda, and he was active in the democratization of his native country as President of the Slovenian PEN Centre between 1987 and 1991.   (more)

    • Joyce's Pupil
  • A. Norman Jeffares

    Prof. Jeffares, A. Norman

    Born in Dublin in 1920, he was educated at the High School, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin (of which he was an Honorary Fellow); he was also a Research Fellow of Royal Holloway, University of London and of Oriel College, Oxford. He taught in University College Dublin (Classics); in Holland and Edinburgh (English) and held Chairs (English) in Adelaide, Leeds and Stirling.   (more)

    • A Short History of Ireland's Writers
    • Irish Love Poems
  • Mervyn Jess

    Jess, Mervyn

    Mervin Jess is a BBC NI Journalist.
    He has reported extensively on Northern Ireland in general and Drumcree in particular.
    • The Orange Order
  • Ruth Johnston

    Dr. Johnston, Ruth

    Ruth Johnson, the current city archaeologist for Dublin City Council, is a former curator of Dublinia and an internationally recognised expert on the Viking Age.

    • Dublin and the Viking World
    • Dublin
  • Joyce, Bob

    Bob Joyce is a grand-nephew of James Joyce, and is on the board of the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.

    • Ulysses
    • Ulysses
    • Best-loved Joyce
  • James Joyce

    Joyce, James

    James Joyce (1882–1941) is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the twentieth century. After graduating from University College Dublin, Joyce went to Paris. During World War One, Joyce and Barnacle, and their two children, Giorgio and Lucia, moved to Zurich where Joyce began Ulysses.   (more)

    • Ulysses
    • Ulysses
    • Best-loved Joyce
  • Chris Judge

    Judge, Chris

    Chris Judge is an award winning author and illustrator from Dublin. His picture books include The Lonely Beast series, The Great Explorer and TiN. He is the author of Brian and the Vikings and Brian and the Giant. Chris illustrated Roddy Doyle’s children’s book Brilliant and collaborated with comedian David O’Doherty on the smash hit, Danger is Everywhere! 

    • Eggcorns
  • Keane, John B

    John Brendan Keane, who died in his native Listowel in 2002, remains one of Ireland’s most popular writers. He was the author of many awardwinning books and plays, including Big Maggie, Sive, The Year of the Hiker, Sharon's Grave and his masterpiece, The Field.

    • The Bodhrán Makers
    • Ireland's Beautiful North
  • Deirdre Kelly

    Kelly, Deirdre

    Deirdre Kelly was a radical environmental activist and a founder member of the Living City Group. She was involved with many campaigns to save Dublin’s architectural heritage.
    • Four Roads to Dublin
  • Michael Kelly

    Kelly, Michael

    Michael Kelly is a freelance contributor to The Irish Times. He writes columns including ‘My Big Week’ and ‘What’s On’ for the Irish Times Magazine, ‘A New Life’ in the Health supplement and ‘The Irishman’s Diary’. His column ‘Giving Up’ in the Irish Times Magazine saw him forsake each week some of the essentials of modern life electricity, mobile phone, shaving, coffee etc.   (more)

    • Trading Paces
    • Tales From the Home Farm
  • Owen Kelly

    Kelly, Owen

    The late Owen Kelly was one of Northern Ireland’s best-loved humorists, known predominantly for his two long-running columns for The Irish News – Kelly’s World and The Saturday Column. He was the author of two volumes of autobiography (Tales Out of School and Hens’ Teeth), two volumes of Ulster humour (Kelly’s Country and Kelly’s World) and a wealth of newspaper, radio and magazine work.   (more)

    • Essential Norn Irish
  • Kelly, Valerie

    Valerie Kelly is a Paediatric Dietician at Temple Street Children's Hospital.

    • Feed Your Child Well
  • Kelters, Seamus

    SEAMUS KELTERS is an Assistant News Editor with BBC Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of Lost Lives. The stories of the Men, Women and Children who died in the Northern Ireland Troubles for which he and his fellow editors were awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize for its contribution to reconciliation.
    • Eyewitness
  • Shane Kenna

    Dr. Kenna, Shane

    Shane Kenna was a Doctor of modern Irish history with an interest in late Victorian and Edwardian Irish nationalism. He was a regular speaker at international academic conferences, a media presence with Newstalk Radio, Near FM, BBC Radio 4 and published author who wrote for Irish Academic Press, The O'Brien Press, History Ireland, the BBC History Magazine and Kilmainham Tales.

    Shane lectured at Trinity College, Dublin and Saor Ollscoil na hÉireann University and also designed modules on Irish history for the American College, Arcadia University, as well as organising and managing several courses on Modern History.

    He died in February 2017.

    • Thomas MacDonagh
    • The Invincibles
    • Dingle Dinners
  • John Kennedy

    Kennedy, John

    John Kennedy, a chartered accountant, is also a poet, novelist and author of the best-selling Sixty Short Puzzles series. Many of his works have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and on live radio broadcasts. He has won several chess titles and competed for Ireland at the European Management Championships.   (more)

    • Sudoku Solved
  • Niamh Kennedy

    Kennedy, Niamh

    Niamh Kennedy grew up with Sandymount Strand and its surrounds as her playground. The iconic Poolbeg Chimneys formed a backdrop to her childhood and will forever signify home to her. Niamh is a keen walker and occasional cyclist and in the undertaking of this project has relished the opportunity to explore, by both modes, all that Dublin Bay has to offer.

    • Dublin Bay
  • Seán Kennedy

    Kennedy, Seán

    Seán Kennedy EFIAP is a well-known Dublin photographer with a particular interest in street and landscape photography. He is an active member and past president of the Dublin Camera Club. His work has attained international recognition from the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (AFIAP), a worldwide organisation representing photographic art.   (more)

    • Dublin Bay
  • Jo Kerrigan

    Kerrigan, Jo

    Jo Kerrigan grew up amid the wild beauties of West Cork; after working in the UK as writer, academic and journalist, she returned home to the place she loved best. She now writes regularly for a range of publications, including The Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo as well as international magazines, and operates a very popular online weblog.

    • Old Ways, Old Secrets
    • Follow the Old Road
    • Brehon Laws
    • The Port Wine Stain
  • Thomas Kinsella

    Kinsella, Thomas

    Thomas Kinsella is one of Ireland's most respected and well-loved poets. Born in Inchicore in 1928, he is also known for his translations and editorial work.
    • A Dublin Documentary
  • Kirwan, Gary

    In January 2011 Gary Kirwan was morbidly obese, weighing over 41 stone. With the help of Today FM’s Ray Darcy Show, he has so far lost 13 stone, finished the Dublin City Marathon and was able to return to college, currently studying Management and Marketing in Limerick Institute of Technology.
    • Winning a Losing Battle
  • Gustav Klaus

    Klaus, Gustav

    H Gustav Klaus holds the Chair of British Literature at the University of Rostock. He has taught and lectured in many countries including Australia, Britain, Denmark, France and Spain. He takes special interest in the 'little' tradition of working-class and socialist writing. His first major book was a study of another Spanish volunteer, Christopher Caudwell.   (more)

    • Strong Words, Brave Deeds
  • Roger Kohn

    Kohn, Roger

    Born in York in 1951, Roger Kohn studied with Rowan Gillespie at York School of Art in 1969. After earning a first class honours degree from Chelsea School of Art, he boarded a tramp steamer to South America. He was arrested and interrogated on three occasions for insurgency and abuse of the Argentine authorities.   (more)

    • Rowan Gillespie - Looking for Orion
  • Conor Kostick

    Kostick, Conor

    Conor Kostick is a writer and historian living in Dublin. As a novelist he was awarded the Farmleigh writer's residency for the summer of 2010 and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 and 2013. At their 2009 awards, the Reading Association of Ireland gave him the Special Merit Award ‘in recognition of his significant contribution to writing for children in Ireland’.   (more)

    • The Easter Rising
    • Strongbow
    • Michael O'Hanrahan
  • Carsten Krieger

    Krieger, Carsten

    Carsten Krieger's unique images of the Irish landscape are highly acclaimed and he is the author of several books of his spectacular landscape photography. His photographs have also been published in magazines and calendars and he exhibits in Ireland and abroad on a regular basis.

    • Ireland's Ancient East
    • The River Shannon
    • Ireland
    • Irlands Wild Atlantic Way
  • Susan Lanigan

    Lanigan, Susan

    In 2003, Susan Lanigan graduated from a Masters in Creative Writing in NUI Galway. Since then, she has had short stories published in The Stinging FlySouthwordThe Sunday Tribune, the Irish IndependentNatureEllery Queen Mystery Magazine and Mayo News.   (more)

    • White Feathers
  • Des Lavelle

    Lavelle, Des

    Des Lavelle of Valentia, County Kerry, is a man of marine passions, and the beautiful Skellig Islands are listed ahead of the rest. A seaman, photographer, diving instructor and author, he – with his venerable boat, the Béal Bocht – has guided many thousands of visitors to the Skelligs.   (more)

    • Skellig
    • Legendary Ireland
  • Alice Leahy

    Leahy, Alice

    Alice Leahy is Director of Services of the Alice Leahy Trust. She was Co-Founder & Director of TRUST from 1975 – December 2015. The Alice Leahy Trust remains a non-judgemental, befriending, social and health service for people who are homeless.

    Alice produced with two others “The Homeless Experience” a training module she co-facilitated for voluntary/community and statutory groups in Dublin.   (more)

    • The Stars Are Our Only Warmth
  • Lennon, Tom

    Tom Lennon's fiction is noted for its understanding of gay politics in modern society and for the sympathetic and honest treatment of the characters it depicts.
    • Crazy Love
    • When Love Comes to Town
  • Seth Linder

    Linder, Seth

    Seth Linder is a journalist, author and scriptwriter who lives in Northern Ireland. He has worked on numerous projects exploring the heritage, history and culture of Northern Ireland, including Belfast City Hall’s centenary exhibition and the award-winning ‘Belfast Bred’ dramatized food tour of the city, produced by Kabosh Theatre.   (more)

    • Belfast Walks
    • Causeway Coastal Route
    • Ireland's Greening of the World
  • Helen Litton

    Litton, Helen

    Helen Litton is the author of six illustrated history books, and of two volumes in The O’Brien Press Sixteen Lives series, Edward Daly and Thomas Clarke. She is the editor of Revolutionary Woman, the autobiography of Kathleen Clarke. Helen is married, with two children and two grandchildren, and lives in Dublin.

    • Kathleen Clarke
    • Thomas Clarke
    • Irish Rebellions
  • Morgan Llywelyn

    Llywelyn, Morgan

    Historian and novelist Morgan Llywelyn was born in New York City, but after the death of her husband and parents in 1985 returned to Ireland to take up citizenship in the land of her grandparents and make her permanent home there.

    After making the shortlist for the United States Olympic Team in Dressage in 1975, but not making the team itself, she turned to writing historical novels exploring her Celtic roots.   (more)

    • 1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland
    • A Short History of Ireland's Rebels
    • Un Viaje a Través del Libro de Kells
  • John Lowe

    Lowe, John

    John Lowe is a personal and corporate finance expert offering independent financial advice and popularly known as the Money Doctor ( He is a Fellow of The Institute of Bankers, an Accredited Product Adviser (APA), a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a Chartered Director (CDir).   (more)

    • Money Doctors 2020
  • Eric Luke

    Luke, Eric

    Born in Dalkey, south County Dublin, Eric Luke has always had a passion for photography. He joined the Irish Press Group as a staff photographer in 1973, following a brief stint working in the darkrooms as a photographic printer. Seventeen years later, in 1990, he moved to the Irish Times, covering major news and feature stories both at home and abroad, including two World Cups, five Olympic Games, and assignments in Somalia, Kenya, India, Sydney, Washington and London.   (more)

    • Looking Back
    • The Christy Moore Songbook
    • Big Jim
  • Natasha Mac a'Bháird

    Mac a'Bháird, Natasha

    Natasha Mac a’Bháird is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of the bestselling wedding planning guide, The Irish Bride’s Survival Guide and her latest book is The Irish Bridesmaid's Guide. Her first two children’s books, Missing Ellen and Olanna’s Big Day, were both chosen for the White Ravens Collection.   (more)

    • The Irish Bridesmaid's Guide
    • The Irish Bride's Survival Guide
  • Liam Mac Uistin

    Mac Uistin, Liam

    Liam Mac Uistin was a well-known author and playwright. His versions of ancient Irish stories and legends have been published in the Irish language by An Gúm. His plays for stage, television and radio have been produced in many European countries and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His television play The Glory and the Dream won the Radio Telefís Éireann award.   (more)

    • Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth
    • The Táin
    • Written in My Heart
    • A View from Above
    • Sworn to Silence
  • Maire MacSwiney Brugha

    MacSwiney Brugha, Maire

    Máire is the daughter of Terence MacSwiney, one of the greatest figures in Ireland's history, and Muriel, a member of the wealthy Murphy distillery family. Her fascinating life which dragged her from Cork to Germany, and then back to the gaeltacht where, as a teenager, she learned Irish before re-learning English.   (more)

    • History's Daughter
  • Éamonn MacThomáis

    MacThomáis, Éamonn

    Éamonn MacThomáis (13 January 1927–16 August 2002) was an author, broadcaster, historian, Irish Republican, advocate of the Irish Language and lecturer. He presented his own series on Dublin on RTÉ during the 1970s and was well known for guided tours and lectures of his beloved Dublin.   (more)

    • Me Jewel and Darlin' Dublin
  • Martine Madden

    Madden, Martine

    Martine Madden was born in Limerick, worked in Dublin and later moved to the United Arab Emirates with her husband John. The stories recounted to her by the Armenian diaspora there prompted her interest in Armenian history and formed the basis of the novel Anyush. Martine returned to Ireland in 1990 and now lives in the Midlands with her husband and five children.

    • Anyush
  • Maguire, Neven

    One of Ireland's premier chefs, Neven Maguire was born and reared in Blacklion, County Caven, where he runs MacNean House and Restaurant. He has written many cookery books and appeared regularly on television and radio both at home and internationally. 

    • Brian McDermott's Donegal Table
    • Burren Dinners
    • Dingle Dinners
  • Manning, Mary

    Mary Manning first spoke about her experiences on the Sean Moncreiff radio show, speaking anonymously as "Catherine". Overcoming incredible hardship she has emerged with the strength to carry on and share her story, as well as striving to see justice done.

    • Nobody Will Believe You
    • Food for Friends
    • Food To Love
    • All in the Cooking
    • All in the Cooking
  • Eithne Massey

    Massey, Eithne

    Eithne Massey has written many books for both adults and children, mainly based on the legends of Ireland. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland; and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf.   (more)

    • Legendary Ireland
    • Irish Wit
  • Pat McAfee

    McAfee, Pat

    Pat McAfee is a stone mason and lectures widely, both in Ireland and abroad, on all aspects of stonework. You can visit his own website here.
    • Irish Stone Walls
    • Stone Buildings
  • McCafferty, Kate

    Kate McCafferty was born in the United States and received her Ph.D. in English. Since then she has taught English in colleges all over the world. She has published, essays, poems and short fiction pieces in a number of publications. She lives in Ireland.
    • Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl
  • Sean McCann

    McCann, Sean

    Sean McCann was a distinguished author and journalist. He wrote more than 25 books covering a wide range of subjects ranging from roses to Irish history and sport. His main hobby was rose growing, for which he was awarded many international prizes. He lived in Dublin and was the father of prize-winning author Colum McCann.

    • The Wit of Oscar Wilde
    • Irish Wit
    • The Wee Book of Irish Wit & Malarkey
  • Justine McCarthy

    McCarthy, Justine

    JUSTINE MCCARTHY is an award-winning journalist with The Sunday Times and a frequent broadcaster. She is also the author of Mary McAleese: The Outsider.

    • Deep Deception
  • Donn McClean

    McClean, Donn

    DONN McCLEAN is a sports writer, specialising in horse racing. He has written for many publications, and is currently the main features writer on horse racing for The Sunday Times in Ireland and The Irish Field. He is also the author of four racing biographies and is a regular analyst on TV and radio.   (more)

    • Thrills and Spills
    • Paddy Cole
  • McConville, Rory

    Rory McConville has been working in the comic book industry since he was sixteen. In that time he has written for DC Comics, Newbold Enterprises, Shadowline Comics and Fan-Atic Press. He currently studies English and History at University College Cork.

    • Big Jim
  • Sinead McCoole

    McCoole, Sinead

    SINÉAD MCCOOLE is a well-known historian and the author of a number of books on women and history. Sinéad has also scripted a series of short films, Women of 1916, for RTÉ. She currently works as a historical and picture researcher, and an exhibition curator.

    • No Ordinary Women
  • Brian McDermott

    McDermott, Brian

    Brian McDermott is an award-winning chef and food consultant who is passionate about sharing his love of food with others. As a host, presenter and demonstrator, he is one of the most sought-after chefs on the Irish food-festival circuit. He is the chef-proprietor of the Foyle Hotel by Chef Brian McDermott in Moville, County Donegal, which is also home to his cookery school.   (more)

    • Brian McDermott's Donegal Table
    • Traditional Irish Cooking for Today
  • McEneaney, Eamonn

    Eamonn McEneany is Waterford's city historian and the Director of the Waterford Treasures Museum. The Waterford Treasures Museum has won several awards, both for the quality of the exhibits and the way in which the displays bring the historic objects to life in imaginative and unexpected ways.
    • Discover Waterford
  • McGann, Kunak

    Kunak McGann grew up in Drogheda back in the days when electronic tablets were unheard of (she can still remember the excitement when the family got a ZX Spectrum – Luna Crabs, anyone?) and playing out on the street was the most fun kids could imagine. Eventually, she had to grow up and get a proper job.   (more)

    • Red Rover, Red Rover!
    • The A to Z of Being Irish
    • Irish Mammy in Your Pocket
  • Sean McGoldrick

    McGoldrick, Sean

    Sean McGoldrick is a sports journalist for the Sunday World. He was shortlisted for Sports Journalist of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy National Media Awards 2009.

    • Punching Above their Weight
    • The Dublin Marathon
  • Frank McGuinness

    McGuinness, Frank

    Frank McGuinness is Professor of Creative Writing in University College Dublin. A world-renowned playwright, his first great stage hit was the highly acclaimed ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme’. He is also a highly skilled adapter of plays by writers such as Ibsen, Sophocles, Brecht, and writer of several film scripts, including Dancing at Lughnasa, and he has published several anthologies of poetry. 

    • Surge
    • Arimathea
    • The Woodcutter and his Family
  • Eamon McGuire

    McGuire, Eamon

    Described by the CIA as 'the chief technical officer' of the IRA, Eamon McGuire was involved in undercover activity for over twenty years. He is the only person ever extradited from the Republic to the USA for political activities.

    • Enemy of the Empire
  • Fiona McPhillips

    McPhillips, Fiona

    Fiona McPhillips is an author, journalist and interiors fanatic. Having survived a complete home renovation and extension, she was inspired to write down all the tips, tricks and techniques she learned along the way, with a little help from the experts. Fiona lives in her never-quite-finished home in Dublin with her husband, three kids, a dog and two cats.

    • Make The Home You Love
  • Lisa McVeigh

    McVeigh, Lisa

    Lisa McVeigh studied architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast and worked for Campbell Conroy Hickey Architects in Dublin before setting up DMVF Architects. Lisa specialises in residential projects and has an RIAI accreditation in health and safety and a Grade 3 accreditation in conservation.

    • Make The Home You Love
  • Merriman, Brian

    Brian Merriman or in Irish Brian Mac Giolla Meidhre (circa 1749 – 27 July 1805) was an Irish language poet and teacher. His single surviving work of substance, the 1000-line long Cúirt An Mheán Oíche (The Midnight Court) is widely regarded as the greatest comic poem in the history of Irish literature.

    • The Midnight Court
  • Máire Mhac an tSaoi

    Mhac an tSaoi, Máire

    Probably the leading Irish language poet of the twentieth century, Máire has published many highly acclaimed volumes of verse, articles, short stories and translations.

    • The Miraculous Parish / An Paróiste Míorúilteach
  • Sam Millar

    Millar, Sam

    Sam Millar is a bestselling crime writer and playwright from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has won numerous literary awards and his books have all been critically praised.

    His incredible life was explored in RTE's Documentary on One in August 2020: The Seven Million Dollar Man

    • The Dark Place
    • Bloodstorm
    • The Darkness of Bones
  • Mills, Richard

    Richard Mills, born in Provence, moved to West Cork at the age of 16. Since then he has combined the career of press photographer with The Irish Examiner and Evening Echo, with that of keen wildlife photographer, garnering many national and international awards and seeing his images published across the world.   (more)

    • Old Ways, Old Secrets
    • Follow the Old Road
    • Brehon Laws
  • Angus Mitchell

    Mitchell, Angus

    Angus Mitchell was born in Africa and educated in England. From 1987 to 1992 he lived in Spain where he wrote extensively on Spanish culture, food and cinema and published the widely-acclaimed Spain: Interiors, Gardens, Architecture, Landscape (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1992).  From 1992-98 he lived in Brazil where he worked as a film and television correspondent and helped to develop the award-winning historical drama, Carlota Joaquina: Princess of Brazil (1995).   (more)

    • Roger Casement
  • Moore, Christy

    Christopher Andrew "Christy" Moore (born 7 May 1945) is an Irish folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is well known as one of the founding members of both Planxty and Moving Hearts. His first album, Paddy on the Road (a minor release of 500, although made available again on CD through his website and at gigs in 2010) was recorded with Dominic Behan (brother of Brendan) in 1969.   (more)

    • The Christy Moore Songbook
  • Mary Morrissy

    Morrissy, Mary

    Mary Morrissy is the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and a collection of stories, A Lazy Eye. Her second collection of stories, Prosperity Drive, is forthcoming in 2016.

    Mother of Pearl, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award (now Costa) and The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey were both nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award.   (more)

    • The Rising of Bella Casey
    • Belfast
    • Das Goldene Buch - Belfast
  • Peter Mulryan

    Mulryan, Peter

    Peter Mulryan became interested in the world of food and drink over a decade ago while filming in France and went on to make numerous programmes about cooking and, of course, alcohol. After visiting just about every distillery in Scotland and Ireland, Peter married his Scottish bride on the Isle of Skye last year.   (more)

    • The Whiskeys of Ireland
    • All in the Cooking
  • Brendan Murphy

    Murphy, Brendan

    BRENDAN MURPHY began work as a press photographer in 1974 having previously been a barman and publican in the Falls Road area of west Belfast. In a newspaper career spanning four decades he has won all the major awards in Northern Irish press photography. Brendan’s work has appeared in most of the major Irish newspapers as well as many of the London-based tabloids and broadsheets and several European magazines and newspapers.   (more)

    • Eyewitness
  • Colin Murphy

    Murphy, Colin

    Colin Murphy is the author of The Most Famous Irish People You’ve Never Heard Of and co-author of the bestselling ‘Feckin’ collection (The O’Brien Press). His début historical novel Boycott (Brandon) was published in 2012 to great acclaim. 

    • The Priest Hunters
    • Who's Feckin' Who in Irish History
    • In The Name of Jaysus!
    • Burren Dinners
    • Dingle Dinners
  • Joe Murphy

    Murphy, Joe

    Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama.   (more)

    • I Am In Blood
  • Róisín Ní Ghairbhí

    Ní Ghairbhí, Róisín

    Dr Róisín Ní Ghairbhí is a lecturer in the Department of Irish, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. She is co-editor with Eugene McNulty of Patrick Pearse, Collected Plays/Drámaí an Phiarsaigh (Irish Academic Press, 2013). She has published widely on various aspects of modern Irish literature and culture and is active in various cultural organisations, including the Imram literary festival and Conradh na Gaeilge.

    • Willie Pearse
  • Eanna Ní Lamhna

    Ní Lamhna, Eanna

    Éanna Ní Lamhna has a degree in Botany and Mircobiology and a H. Dip in Education from UCD. She is a long-standing member of the panel of experts on RTÉ’s wildlife programme ‘Mooney goes Wild’, and one of the most instantly recognisable voices on Irish radio. Originally from Louth, she now lives in Dublin, since 1967, and has been president of An Taisce since July 2004.   (more)

    • Our Wild World
    • Wild Dublin
    • Fond Memory
  • Alan Nolan

    Nolan, Alan

    Alan Nolan lives and works in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He has written and illustrated many books and comics for children and grown-ups, including Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor's Caveman and the Murder Can Be Fatal series.

    • 1913 - Larkin's Labour War
  • Giles Norman

    Norman, Giles

    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. Giles has also travelled beyond the wild Irish shores, capturing contemporary scenes from the world’s greatest cities.   (more)

    • Wild Atlantic Way
  • Honor O Brolchain

    O Brolchain, Honor

    Honor Ó Brolcháin is a grand-niece of Joseph Plunkett and has access to the family archives and memorabilia. She is also the author of All In The Blood: A Memoir of Geraldine Plunkett Dillon.

    • Joseph Plunkett
  • Ó Conaill, Séamus

    Dublin-based writer,  Séamus Ó Conaill teaches in University College Dublin and works for publishers Gill Books. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals, featured on RTÉ Radio, and he has read at many festivals and universities in Ireland, China, Spain and the USA.   (more)

    • You Know You're Irish When ...
    • Irish Home Essentials
  • Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

    Ó hAllmhuráin, Gearóid

    Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is an Irish historian and anthropologist specialising in ethnomusicology and currently lecturing in Concordia University, Montréal, where he holds the Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies. 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.

    • A Short History of Irish Traditional Music
    • A Short History of Ireland
  • Brendan O'Brien

    O'Brien, Brendan

    Brendan O’Brien reported on Northern Ireland as RTÉ’s senior current affairs reporter beginning in 1974, and he made three major documentaries about the IRA. He won many awards for investigative journalism, including European Journalist of the Year 1998 and the Amnesty International Award 2001.   (more)

    • A Short History of Ireland
    • A Short History of the IRA
    • O'Brien Pocket History of the IRA
  • Eoin O'Brien

    O'Brien, Eoin

    Eoin O’Brien is a songwriter and musician, a writer and illustrator.
    He enjoys nothing more than a good old singsong around a kitchen table or a bonfire. He lives with his fantastic wife, two beautiful children and a dog, in historic Glasnevin in north Dublin.

    • Das Book of Kells
    • Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)
    • Un Viaje a Través del Libro de Kells
  • O'Brien, Mary

    Mary O'Brien has set Simplex crosswords for the Irish Times for over 20 years.
    • The Big Book of Simplex Crosswords from The Irish Times
    • Simplex Crosswords From the Irish Times: Book 1
    • Simplex Crosswords from the Irish Times: Book 2
  • Billy O'Callaghan

    O'Callaghan, Billy

    Billy O'Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974, and is the author of three previous short story collections: In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009), both published by the Mercier Press, and The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind (2013) published by New Island Books, the title story of which earned him the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year.   (more)

    • The Dead House
  • John O'Callaghan

    O'Callaghan, John

    Dr John O’Callaghan lectures in St. Angela’s College, Sligo. His research focuses on twentieth-century Ireland and processes of imperialism and nationalism, the education system, political and military history, sports history, and commemoration. His publications include: Teaching Irish Independence: History in Irish Schools, 1922-72 (Newcastle, 2009); Revolutionary Limerick - The Republican Campaign for Independence in Limerick, 1913-21 (Dublin, 2010); The Battle for Kilmallock (Cork, 2011); Subversive Voices: Narratives of the Occluded Irish Diaspora (Oxford, 2012); Plassey’s Gaels: GAA in the University of Limerick (Cork, 2013)

    • Con Colbert
  • O'Callaghan, Sean

    Sean O'Callaghan was borh in Killavullen, Co Cork in 1918. He was commissioned in the Irish Army in 1936. 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 1956, and became a full-time writer. He died as To Hell or Barbados went to press, in August 2000.

    • To Hell or Barbados
  • Brendan O'Carroll

    O'Carroll, Brendan

    International star of multiple BAFTA-award-winning TV series Mrs Brown's Boys and Mrs Brown's Boys: d'Movie, Brendan O’Carroll's story begins very modestly.

    The youngest of eleven children, Brendan O’Carroll was born in Dublin’s inner-city in 1955. His mother, Maureen, was a Labour TD (MP) and a huge influence on his life.   (more)

    • The Mammy
    • The Chisellers
    • The Chisellers
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: The Teenage Dirtbag Years
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, PS, I scored the bridesmaids
    • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, The Miseducation Years
  • Brian O'Connell

    O'Connell, Brian

    Brian O’Connell is a former chairman of Shannon Heritage, the State company which operates a network of cultural tourism venues, such as Bunratty Castle, in Counties Limerick and Clare. 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.   (more)

    • John Hunt
  • O'Connell, Jennie

    Jennie O’Connell was born in Galway, and has lived in Wexford, London and New York, before coming back to Galway again and enjoying its particular brand of driving rain, brilliant people, and excellent pubs.

    She works as an English teacher, and is a freelance illustrator. She particularly enjoys drawing nostalgic, evocative scenes, and a lot of her work has humour and is recognisably Irish.

    Jennie lives in Galway with her two daughters, two cats, and three guinea pigs, who rule the house with a rod of iron.

    • The Stairlift Ascends
    • Dublin By Design
  • Christy O'Connor

    O'Connor, Christy

    CHRISTY O'CONNOR is a freelance journalist based in Ennis, Co. Clare. He formerly worked as sports correspondent in the Dublin newspaper industry. He is also a goalkeeper who played in two All-Ireland club hurling finals and he was a member of the Clare senior hurling panel for four years.
    • Last Man Standing
    • The Midnight Court
  • Niamh O'Connor

    O'Connor, Niamh

    Niamh O’Connor is the author of the best-selling book on the life and crimes of Catherine Nevin, The Black Widow. She is also Crime Correspondent with Ireland on Sunday. She has previously worked for The Examiner and RTÉ. Her experience in print journalism is extensive, and she has turned her talent to reporting in several different areas with great flair and precision.   (more)

    • The Black Widow
    • Cracking Crime
  • O'Connor, Ulick

    Oliver St John Gogarty himself appointed Ulick O'Connor to be his biographer. 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.

    • The Joyce We Knew
    • Oliver StJohn Gogarty
  • Valerie O'Connor

    O'Connor, Valerie

    VALERIE O’CONNOR is a cook, food writer and photographer; her column inches can be found in many national newspapers. 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

    • Val's Kitchen
    • Fruit on the Table
    • Irish Bread Baking for Today
  • Donal O'Dea

    O'Dea, Donal

    Donal O'Dea is a senior Art Director at one of Ireland’s leading advertising agencies.

    • A Massive Book Full of FECKIN’ IRISH SLANG that’s Great Craic for Any Shower of Savages
    • 20 Things To Do In Dublin Before You Go For a Pint
    • The Book of Feckin' Irish Trivia
  • Daniel O'Donnell

    O'Donnell, Daniel

    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.

    • Living the Dream
    • Margo: Queen of Country & Irish
  • Ruán O'Donnell

    O'Donnell, Ruán

    RUAN O'DONNELL is head of the History Department at the University of Limerick & the official historian of the Robert Emmet Association. He has written for The Irish Times and several historical publications.

    • Patrick Pearse
    • The Invincibles
    • A Short History of Ireland's Famine
  • Niall O'Dowd

    O'Dowd, Niall

    Niall O’Dowd is founder and editor of The Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine and creator of , the global Irish portal site launched in March 2009. He is also the author of Fire in the Morning, a book on the Irish in the World Trade Centre on 9/11. He is a frequent analyst on Irish-American affairs for CNN, for RTE and other radio and TV networks.   (more)

    • An Irish Voice
  • Eileen O'Driscoll

    O'Driscoll, Eileen

    Eileen O'Driscoll is a chartered physiotherapist and acupuncturist. 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.

    • Best of Irish Soups
    • 'A Bit Of A Shemozzle’
    • Muck and Merlot
    • Best of Irish Home Baking
    • Best of Irish Traditional Cooking
  • Padraig O'Keeffe

    O'Keeffe, Padraig

    PÁDRAIG O'KEEFE is from Cobh, Co Cork. A former Legionnaire, he is now a security expert who works in the most dangerous parts of the world.

    • Hidden Soldier
  • Helen O'Rahilly

    O'Rahilly, Helen

    Helen O’Rahilly is a television executive, producer and journalist. A Dubliner, she worked at RTÉ before heading for the BBC in London where she’d spend the next 30 years, with a year’s trip home to be the first woman Director of RTÉ Television. As the executive of BBC One, she helped bring back Doctor Who to TV screens while as an investigative journalist she faced an armed Mafia member in Las Vegas, had a Rottweiler set on her and faced down a chain-wielding gangster.   (more)

    • The Stairlift Ascends
  • Brendan O'Reilly

    O'Reilly, Brendan

    Brendan O’Reilly is an illustrator and senior art director in the world of advertising. He is also the first person to climb every mountain in Ireland over 500 metres, despite being as old as the hills himself. He is married to Bernie, and they have two children, Vincent and Isobel.

    • Who's Feckin' Who in Irish History
    • In The Name of Jaysus!
    • A Big Pile of Blarney
  • Peter O'Reilly

    O'Reilly, Peter

    Peter O'Reilly is the rugby correspondent with the Sunday Times. He has been reporting on rugby since 1995.
    • Six Nations, Two Stories
  • Joe O'Shea

    O'Shea, Joe

    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 19-years-of age, first as a news reporter and then as a feature writer and columnist. He has also devised and presented TV programmes.   (more)

    • Murder, Mutiny & Mayhem
  • Moire O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan, Moire

    MOIRE O’SULLIVAN is a mountain runner, adventure racer, author and mum. Her company, Happy Out Adventures, brings people onto the trails and mountain slopes, teaching them how to enjoy the outdoors happily and safely. She is the author of Mud, Sweat and Tears, Bump, Bike and Baby: Mummy’s Gone Adventure Racing and The Hound From Hanoi.

    • A Quarter Glass of Milk
  • Joe O'Toole

    O'Toole, Joe

    JOE O’TOOLE is an independent senator and President of ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions). A teacher by profession, he was formerly General Secretary of the INTO, Ireland's largest teaching union. He grew up in Dingle, County Kerry.
    • Looking Under Stones
  • Jamie O’Connell

    O’Connell, Jamie

    Dublin-based writer, Jamie O’Connell teaches in University College Dublin and works in publishing. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals, featured on RTÉ Radio, and he has read at many festivals and universities in Ireland, China, Spain and the USA. His work has been short-listed for the Maeve Binchy Award and the Sky Arts Future’s Fund, and long-listed for BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines Short Story Competition.


    • Best-loved Joyce
  • Dr. O’Connor, Hubert

    Dr Hubert O’Connor was a well-known obstetrician and gynaecologist in Dublin. He played rugby for Ireland and was capped four times. After ten years’ post-graduate education in France and London, he set up his practice in Dublin. He was married to Anne, and they had two children. He spent thirty years researching the history of Barry O’Meara and Napoleon, and lectured on the subject all over the world.   (more)

    • Napoleon's Doctor
    • Ambassadors on Horseback
  • Franck Pavloff

    Pavloff, Franck

    FRANCK PAVLOFF is a psychologist and a specialist in children’s rights. He spent ten years working with community development projects throughout Africa and Asia and another twenty years supporting associations to combat delinquency and drug abuse. His published work includes novels for adults and children as well as two volumes of poetry.   (more)

    • Brown Morning
  • Peter Pearson

    Pearson, Peter

    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.   (more)

    • Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin
  • Nicola Pierce

    Pierce, Nicola

    Nicola Pierce published her first book for children, Spirit of the Titanic, to rave reviews and five printings within its first twelve months. City of Fate, her second book, transported the reader deep into the Russian city of Stalingrad during World War II. The novel was shortlisted for the Warwickshire School Library Service Award, 2014.   (more)

    • Mother From Hell
    • I Was a Boy in Belsen
    • Nobody Will Believe You
    • Irlande - Paysages Glorieux
    • À La Découverte du Livre de Kells
  • Luca Pizzari

    Pizzari, Luca

    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. He’s been drawing ever since. Loves Occult and Pulp themes, '60s-'70s sleazy B-series movies and too many superhero comic books.   (more)

    • Granuaile: Queen of Storms
  • Power, Frances

    Frances Power is an editor, journalist and writer based in Dublin.
    • The Golden Book of Ireland [Russian]
    • The Golden Book of Ireland
    • Le Livre d'Or Irlande
    • James Joyce
  • Feargal Quinn

    Sen. Quinn, Feargal

    Feargal Quinn founded Superquinn, the Irish supermarket group, in 1960 and was its Managing Director for many years during which it built an international reputation for excellence in customer service. His bestselling book Crowning the Customer (O’Brien Press) is used by multi-national companies as the essential customer care manual.   (more)

    • Mind Your Own Business
    • Quinntessential Feargal
    • Crowning the Customer
  • Tomi Reichental

    Reichental, Tomi

    Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Slovakia. He was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Tomi has lived in Dublin since 1959 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.

    • I Was a Boy in Belsen
  • Neil Richardson

    Richardson, Neil

    Neil Richardson studied Philosophy in University College, Dublin, before writing his first book, A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall: Stories of Irishmen in World War I, which won the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the 2010 Irish Book Awards. This was followed by Dark Times, Decent Men: Stories of Irishmen in World War II in 2012, and According to Their Lights: Stories of Irishmen in the British Army, Easter 1916 in 2015.   (more)

    • A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall
    • A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall
    • Dark Times, Decent Men
  • Ralph Riegel

    Riegel, Ralph

    Ralph Riegel lives in Cork. He has worked as a journalist for several newspapers including The Cork Examiner, The Evening Echo, The Evening Herald and The Sunday Independent and is the southern correspondent for The Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to RTE, BBC and TV3 and to British newspapers including the (London) Independent and The Daily Telegraph.

    • Afraid of the Dark
    • Hidden Soldier
    • Three Kings
  • Robinson, Mary

    Mary Robinson was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and UN High Commissioner for Human rights from 1997 to 2002. She has had many significant roles in international leadership, focusing on climate justice, human rights and women's rights. Earlier in her career, as a barrister, she represented the protesters occupying Wood Quay, the Viking heart of Dublin, and was instrumental in having it declared a national monument.

    • Dublin By Design
    • Taney
    • The Golden Book of Ireland
    • Le Livre d'Or Irlande
    • Das Goldene Buch Irland
    • Das Book of Kells
    • Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)
    • Un Viaje a Través del Libro de Kells
  • Kate Rowan

    Rowan, Kate

    Kate Rowan is a freelance sports journalist based in Dublin, specialising in features. Kate has travelled widely covering rugby including the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Ireland’s 2012 June to tour to New Zealand and the 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia. She regularly wrote features for the Irish Independent online and has worked extensively writing for governing bodies including World Rugby (formerly IRB) and IRFU.   (more)

    • Six Nations, Two Stories
  • Eddie Rowley

    Rowley, Eddie

    Eddie Rowley is the Sunday World's showbiz correspondent, covering the local and international music scene since 1983.

    • Lady of the Dance
    • Living the Dream
    • Keep it Country
  • James Roy

    Roy, James

    James Roy has worked for many years as a paediatric and emergency nurse in various hospitals. In addition to his work with young people in the health setting, he has written several award-winning books for children and teenagers.
    • The 'S' Word
  • Meda Ryan

    Ryan, Meda

    MEDA RYAN, historian and author, is a native of West Cork and now lives in County Clare; she has participated in television and radio documentaries and has had articles published in a wide variety of history magazines and journals, plus national and local newspapers. Her published books include Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter; The Day Michael Collins Was Shot; Liam Lynch: The Real Chief and Michael Collins and the Women Who Spied for Ireland.

    • Thomas Kent
  • Ryan, Paul

    The late Paul Ryan was a lover of language, especially slang, and spent many years collecting humorous quotations, sayings, and linguistic ticks and quirks.

    • Dublin Wit
    • The Wee Book of Irish Wit & Malarkey
  • Olive Sharkey

    Sharkey, Olive

    Olive Sharkey comes from a farming family in the Irish midlands. She has worked as an architect's draftsperson, and after her marriage began writing and drawing and contributing to newspapers and magazines. Her other interests include natural history and photography.

    • Irish Country Life
  • Michael Sheridan

    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.

    • Death in December
  • Michael Shiel

    Shiel, Michael

    MICHAEL SHIEL was born in Galway and graduated as an engineer from UCG. He began work on one of the first rural schemes in 1947, and claims he was the first registered rural electrification consumer west of the Shannon, at his home near Enniscrone. He later became Commercial/Distribution Director of ESB.
    • The Quiet Revolution
  • Pat Shortt

    Shortt, Pat

    Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created D’Unbelievables, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique and critically acclaimed brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and The United States as well as various countries across Europe.   (more)

    • I Will in Me Politics
    • Legendary Ireland
  • Gerard Siggins

    Siggins, Gerard

    Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. 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 65,000 copies and is hugely popular with sports-loving children around the world.   (more)

    • Lansdowne Road
  • George Otto Simms

    Simms, George Otto

    George Otto Simms was born in Dublin in 1910. He took his BA, MA, BD, PhD, and DD degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in 1936, he spent his working life in the service of the church and was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1969 until his retirement in 1980.   (more)

    • À La Découverte du Livre de Kells
    • Exploring the Book of Kells
    • Das Book of Kells
  • Slavin, Michael

    Born in 1931, Michael Slavin has been a keen observer of horses since the time they were worked on his family’s farm in Cavan in the thirties and forties. When he moved to Dublin after the War the Horse shows at the RDS became an annual pilgrimage. Even when studying abroad for his Masters in Education he still found ways of finding horse events to attend.   (more)

    • Ambassadors on Horseback
  • Will Sliney

    Sliney, Will

    Will Sliney is an internationally renowned graphic artist, living in Cork. Will works with major US comic publishers on the Star Wars Clone Wars comic book series, and Fearless Defenders for Marvel.

    • Celtic Warrior
  • Michael Smith

    Smith, Michael

    Michael Smith is an authority on polar exploration who has appeared on TV and radio and lectured extensively. His books include: An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean; I Am Just Going Outside, a biography of Captain Oates; Polar Crusader about Sir James Wordie; Tom Crean – An Illustrated Life; Great Endeavour – Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers; and Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer.   (more)

    • Icebound In The Arctic
  • Dermot Somers

    Somers, Dermot

    DERMOT SOMERS, mountaineer, Gaelic scholar, TV presenter, and award-winning writer was born in Roscommon and now lives in Drogheda. He has written and presented over twenty programmes for television on wild landscape, culture, travel and adventure.

    • Endurance
    • Blasket Islands
  • Ray Stagles

    Stagles, Ray

    Ray Stagles was born and brought up in Leyton, east London. He studied at University College London, evacuated to Aberystwyth, and there met his future wife, Joan. They both took Honours degrees in English in 1942. He served as a radar mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm until 1946. After the war he taught in schools in Essex, then became a Head Teacher, first, in 1957, in Shropshire, then, from 1964, in Berkshire.   (more)

    • Blasket Islands
    • Best of Irish Meat Recipes
    • Fruit on the Table
  • Eamonn Sweeney

    Sweeney, Eamonn

    Eamonn Sweeney was born in 1968 in the nearly hurling-free county of Sligo, a deficiency remedied by his hurling-mad father from Kilkenny. He has written on sports for the Irish Examiner for a number of years, and is the author of two novels, The Photograph and Waiting for the Healer, a book on soccer, There's Only One Red Army, and a play, Bruen's Twis.   (more)

    • O'Brien Pocket History of Gaelic Sport
  • Swift, Jonathan

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was the author of Gulliver's Travels, one of the world's greatest satirical fantasies. He was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin from 1713-1745.

    • Best-Loved Swift
  • Synge, John Millington

    Edmund John Millington Synge (16 April 1871 – 24 March 1909) 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.   (more)

    • In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara
  • Alice Taylor

    Taylor, Alice

    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.   (more)

    • Tea and Talk
    • Home For Christmas
    • And Life Lights Up
    • Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)
    • The Táin
    • Traditional Irish Recipes
  • Loreto Todd

    Todd, Loreto

    Loreto Todd is Professor of English at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Born in Northern Ireland, she attended Queen's University, Belfast where her classmates included poet Seamus Heaney and writer Seamus Deane. She worked in England for many years, and was director of the programme of World English Research at the University of Leeds, England.

    She has travelled extensively and lectured in Africa, America (North and South), Asia (India and Singapore), Australia (Brisbane and Sydney), the Caribbean and the Pacific (Hawaii, Solomans, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea).   (more)

    • Celtic Names for Children
    • The Perfect Name for Your Baby
    • The Little Book of Celtic Names
  • Touher, Patrick

    Patrick Touher trained as a Baker Confectioner whilst in Artane Industrial School and worked as such upon leaving the school at age sixteen. Patrick travelled extensively from the sixties through to the early seventies. In 1972 he married his wife Pauline and they had three children together.
    • Fear of the Collar
    • Written in My Heart
    • Vet Among the Pigeons
    • Our Lives Out Loud
  • Waldron, Robert

    Robert Waldron taught at America's first school, founded in 1635: Boston Latin School, where he lectured in English Literature. He is the author of ten books -- two works of fiction, and right non-fiction; of the latter four are books devoted to the work and life of Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton.   (more)

    • The Secret Dublin Diary of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Jennifer Walsh

    Doctor Walsh, Jennifer

    Dr. Jennifer Walsh, MB PhD MRCOG FRCPI, is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at both The National Maternity and Mater Misericordiae University Hospitals in Dublin. She is Subspecialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine with a focus on high-risk obstetric care and prenatal ultrasound.

    • The Irish Pregnancy Book
  • Philip Watson

    Watson, Philip

    Philip Watson spent thirteen years as a coastal conservationist, caring for The Giant's Causeway and other sights on the North Antrim Coast. He is now a freelance writer and naturalist. He has a keen interest in environmental and rural issues and has worked in Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Newfoundland and Wales.   (more)

    • The Giant's Causeway
    • Fond Memory
  • John Wesson

    Wesson, John

    John is based between England and County Kerry, Ireland, with much of his work focused upon the land and seascapes of the emerald isle. John's subject matter is much varied, preferring inspiring locations and original subjects to the contemporary, often clichéd images seen. His quest for unique images has lead him into every corner of Kerry, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Skelligs, to some of its oldest abandoned buildings.   (more)

    • Kerry
    • The Ferret Fancier
  • Whelan, Fergus

    Fergus Whelan has worked for thirty years in the trade union movement and has been an officer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions since 1995.
    • Dissent into Treason
  • Biddy White Lennon

    White Lennon, Biddy

    Biddy White Lennon was a noted cook and personality, familiar to many people as Maggie from The Riordans. She was a founder member and Chairwoman of the Irish Food Writers Guild as well as editor and food writer of Irish Home Diary and wrote regularly for Food and Wine Magazine.   (more)

    • La Cuisine Irlandaise
    • Irish Cooking
    • Best of Irish Home Baking
  • Wilde, Oscar

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.   (more)

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Will, Gavin

    Gavin Will owns Boulder Publications, a book publishing firm in Newfoundland, Canada, that specializes in non-fiction. Previously, he worked as a business journalist, writing for Reuters, Bloomberg News, the Globe and Mail, and several oil industry publications.

    With a lifelong love for history, his interest in transatlantic aviation was piqued by the central role Newfoundland played during the pioneer years of aviation, when such well known pilots as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh visited its shores during the 1920s and 1930s.

    • The Great Atlantic Air Race
    • Gift of the Gab
  • Paul Williams

    Williams, Paul

    Paul Williams is author of the best-selling crime boss exposé, The General, made into a major award-winning movie directed by John Boorman. Crime correspondent with The Sunday World, and a qualified criminologist, Paul Williams is acknowledged as an authority on the Irish criminal underworld.   (more)

    • The General
    • Gangland
    • Wild Dublin
  • John Wyse Jackson ( dec'd)

    Wyse Jackson ( dec'd), John

    John Wyse Jackson was born in Kilkenny in 1953, and educated in Dublin. His previous works on Oscar Wilde are Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: the Rare Oscar Wilde and Wilde about St Louis, an account of Oscar’s two days in the American city in 1882. Other books, either solo or in collaboration, include Myles Before Myles: a Selection of the Earlier Writings of Flann O’Brien, James Joyce's Dubliners: An Annotated and Illustrated Edition, Phenolphthalein: A Fictional Quest for the Eighth Plot, John Stanislaus Joyce: The Life of James Joyce’s Father, Flann O’Brien at War, We All Want to Change the World: A Life of John Lennon, Dublin: Poetry of Place and, with the Ulster artist Hector McDonnell, Ireland’s Other Poetry: Anonymous to Zozimus, Ulster’s Other Poetry and Dublin’s Other Poetry.   (more)

    • Best-Loved Oscar Wilde
    • Best-Loved Swift
    • The Fridge in a Denim Jacket!
  • Alfonso Zapico

    Zapico, Alfonso

    Alfonso Zapico is a Spanish graphic novelist. His first book Café Budapest (Astiberri 2008, Timof, 2010) was awarded the Josep Toutain del Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona Prize in 2010. A great artist and researcher, he has spent months in Dublin and other of Joyce’s home.

    • James Joyce
  • Katherine Zappone

    Dr. Zappone, Katherine

    KATHERINE ZAPPONE, PhD is an independent public policy consultant and educator. Appointed by the Minister for Justice, she has served as a Commissioner on the Irish Human Rights Commission since 2001. She taught Practical Theology in Trinity College Dublin, has lectured widely throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States and has written extensively on matters related to ethics, spirituality, equality and human rights.   (more)

    • Our Lives Out Loud
    • The Fridge in a Denim Jacket!