Authors

  • 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)

    • Before the Dawn
    • Cage Eleven
    • Hope and History
    • 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
  • Eileen Bergin

    Bergin, Eileen

    EILEEN BERGIN established The Butler’s Pantry in 1987 as a response to the changing trends in Irish lifestyles and eating habits. The first shop opened on Mount Merrion Avenue in Blackrock and the business has expanded to seven shops in the Dublin and Wicklow areas.
    • The Butler's Pantry
  • 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 Limerick and Donegal. 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 and Marian furthered her research to bring the reader more wild Irish women in this volume.

     

    • 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)

    • Irish Home Essentials
    • Home For Christmas
    • And Life Lights Up
  • 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
  • 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
    • 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 stephendavison.photoshelter.com/index

    • 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 was a journalist and is 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