John Banville is an Irish novelist, an adapter of dramas, and a screenwriter. His novel The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award in 1989. His fourteenth novel, The Sea, won the Booker Prize in 2005. He has also been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize (2011); the Irish PEN Award (2013); the Austrian State Prize for Literature (2013) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2014). He has published a number of crime novels as Benjamin Black, most featuring Quirke, an Irish pathologist based in Dublin.He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.
Suzanne Behan is the granddaughter of John Walsh otherwise known as the 50 Francis Street Photographer. A keen photographer herself she is in the process of curating the thousands of photographs of Dublin and Ireland which her grandfather took throughout his career, working from his shop on Francis Street. She lives in Kildare.
Ronnie Bellew is a freelance journalist and is currently sports feature writer for the Sunday Independent. He has worked on a variety of GAA and Sports publications as well as Ireland on Sunday, the Irish Independent, The Irish Times and the Irish Post.
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.
Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com
Muriel Bolger is a well-known Irish journalist and award-winning travel writer. In addition to her works of fiction she has also written four books on her native city, including Dublin - City of Literature (O'Brien Press), which won the Travel Extra Travel Guide Book of the Year 2012.
Conor Bowman was born on a Thursday in the west of Ireland. He is left-handed and hates coriander. In 1986, he stood up Samuel Beckett and has always regretted it. Incredibly, he was once offered a place to study in Cambridge University and that year changed his life. His favourite writers are Graham Greene and A.M. Homes. Conor also writes songs. He has no mobile phone. He is not afraid of umbrellas and has an average sugar reading of 7.8. His hero is Elvis Presley. His favourite film is The 39 Steps. Conor works as a senior counsel and lives in Meath. He is married with four children.
Jason Brennan is a psychotherapist, counsellor and mental skills coach from Ireland who lived and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. During his time there he worked with a number of All Black players and the Super Rugby team The Hurricanes. He still works with New Zealand's national women's cricket team, the White Ferns, as well as with soccer, netball and tennis. He is a regular speaker on stress management for businesses.
Niall Breslin, known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster rugby player, representing Ireland at Under-21 level in the Rugby World Cup. A native of Mullingar, he attended UCD on a sports scholarship, graduating with a BA in Economics and Sociology.He found success as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with pop band The Blizzards, as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment, and as a solo artist and music producer. He was the winning coach on the first and third seasons of The Voice of Ireland.His work in the area of mental health education and empowerment began two years ago, after his own struggles with depression and anxiety led him to open up publicly on the issue. His My1000Hours blog and training initiatives set out to explore positive and proactive ways of improving emotional fitness and managing mental stress, including through exercise, as well as educating young people about the stigma and management of mental health issues.
Juliet Bressan is a Dublin-based doctor and the bestselling author of Snow White Turtle Doves, Entanglement and Dead Wicked. She was the script advisor and medical consultant with the award-winning RTE medical drama series The Clinic and is now a tutor in creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre. Juliet is a regular commentator on health and social issues on Irish radio and television and has contributed widely to documentary film and radio in Ireland, in the UK, US and in France. Juliet is currently the resident Television Doctor with TV3's breakfast-time show, Ireland AM. She is married and has two teenage daughters.
Turtle Bunbury is a bestselling author and historian based in Ireland. His nine published books include the Vanishing Ireland series, Sporting Legends of Ireland, The Irish Pub and Living in Sri Lanka. He was also one of the presenters of the acclaimed four part Genealogy Roadshow TV series which aired on Ireland's RTE1 in August and September 2011.www.turtlebunbury.com
Hugh Cahill is a sports broadcaster, commentator and journalist. Currently in his 10th year with RTÉ Sport, Hugh has covered a wide range of international and domestic events, from the Olympic Games, to Rugby World Cups and Cheltenham. Hugh has fronted RTÉ's television coverage of the Christmas Racing Festival and also commentates for World Rugby on the international Sevens circuit.A father of three children, he lives in Wicklow with his wife Louise.
Tim Carey is a best-selling historian who has written extensively on Irish history and, in particular, the history of Dublin. Among his publications are the bestselling Mountjoy: The Story of a Prison, Hanged for Ireland, Hanged for Murder and Croke Park: A History. He is Heritage Officer for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council where he started and directed the Mountains to Sea book festival.
Elizabeth Carty was born in Ireland but has spent most of her adult life abroad. She has had a lifelong interest in food, owing her initial palate development to her mother, whom she describes as a fine cook with a modest repertoire. Later, during her time living in London, Greece and Dubai, she was introduced to a wide array of cuisine styles, which inform her cooking today. She returned to Ireland with her son in 2000.
Yvonne Cassidy was born in Dublin in 1974. She studied English and Economics in University College Dublin. She has worked in the field of marketing communications and fundraising in London, Dublin and New York. She enjoys teaching creative writing and teaches extensively in New York, where she has developed writing programmes for homeless and other marginalized writers. She lives in Manhattan with her wife, Danielle.www.yvonnecassidy.com @YvonneCassidyNY
Tony Clayton-Lea is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes primarily on popular culture and travel for publications that include The Irish Times and the Irish Examiner and Cara and Connections magazines. He has written, among other books, a biography of Elvis Costello and co-written a history of Irish rock music. He lives in County Meath with his wife Angela, and their two children, Paul and Sarah. His favourite U2 song is 'Kite'.
Michael Clifford is Special Correspondent for the Irish Examiner. He has been working in print and broadcast journalism for over twenty years. He is the author of three non-fiction books, including Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia (with Shane Coleman) and two crime novels. In 2014, TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne programme selected him as Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the garda whistleblower story. He was named the newspaper industry's Journalist of the Year in 2016.He lives in Dublin.@mickcliff
Helena Close was born in Cork in 1959 but moved to Limerick at the age of five. She attended UCG where she studied English and Sociology and has worked in a variety of jobs while rearing her four children. She now writes full-time.
Shane Coleman is the Political Editor of the Sunday Tribune and is a regular analyst of Irish politics on television and radio.
Catherine Conlon (Editor)
Catherine Conlon has a degree in Medicine and is a lecturer in Public Health at UCC. She lives in Cork with her husband and four children.
Sr Consilio Fitzgerald SM trained as a nurse, midwife, and subsequently as a counsellor. In 1966 while working in St Vincent's Hospital in Athy, she first met the 'men of the road' and others who were deeply troubled by addiction. It was from this engagement that Sr Consilio discerned her calling and Cuan Mhuire was established and has grown and developed under her leadership. Today, Cuan Mhuire is Ireland's largest internationally accredited, multi-campus provider of detox and residential rehabilitation services, supported by transition or step-down facilities, which span the whole of the island.On any one night, there are upwards of 600 residents in Cuan Mhuire centres, and every year, more than 3,000 residents participate in their programs for alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. Sr Consilio's work in the Republic has been acknowledged by the President of Ireland, and her work in Northern Ireland by the UK government when she was awarded an OBE from the Queen, as well as by professional and civic bodies for her work with individuals and families in addiction who are homeless and in distress.