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'.
2016 Journalist of the Year Michael Clifford is special correspondent with the Irish Examiner. He is also a broadcaster who frequently presents programmes on Irish radio and TV. In 2014, he was also named Journalist of the Year, for his coverage of the Maurice McCabe story. He is author of the non-fiction bestselling titles Love You to Death: Ireland's Wife Killers Revealed, and Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia and Scandal Nation (both with Shane Coleman). He is also author of the crime fiction novels The Deal and Ghost Town.
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.
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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.
Sister Consilio was born in 1937 in Brosna, County Kerry. She was one of seven children and her upbringing in Kerry with her parents and brothers and sisters had a profound effect on her faith, establishing in her a spirituality which has carried her through life.After training as a nurse and midwife, Sister Consilio joined the Sisters of Mercy in Athy, County Kildare at the age of twenty-two. While working in St Vincent's Hospital in Athy, she came into contact with many 'road men' - men who used to travel round with no home to call their own. It was through meeting the 'road men' that Sister Consilio had the idea to provide a place of safety and love for people with no home. There are now five Cuan Mhuire rehabilitation centres throughout Ireland providing help and treatment for those in addiction.Sister Consilio still works at the Cuan Mhuire centres, helping those in need.
Eoghan Corry is a writer and columnist. He is author of eight books onboxing, soccer and GAA history, storylined the GAA museum in Croke Park andis former sports editor of the Sunday Tribune newspaper, MacNamee awardwinner, sports journalist of the year and lecturer on journalism at DIT.
Mary Coughlan was born in County Galway, Ireland the eldest of five children. By the age of 24, she was a housewife with three young children, married to a teacher. Three years later, she became famous across Europe, with the release of her 1884 album, Tired and Emotional, which went on to sell 100,000 copies in Ireland. Her hits include 'Don't Smoke in Bed', the Billie Holiday ballad, 'Good Morning Heartache', as well as Christy Moore's 'Ride On'. Mary now lives in County Dublin with her partner and two children from her second marriage. She is one of Ireland's foremost musicians.
In a long career as a reporter working in newspapers, radio and television, Valerie Cox has interviewed people from every county in Ireland. Over eleven years working on the Today programme on RTÉ Radio she travelled around the country covering stories as diverse as the closure of schools, Garda stations and post offices. She was out with the rescue services in floods and snow and covered the events that make rural Ireland special, including the ploughing.She is the author of two previous books, Searching, which tells the story of Ireland's missing people, and The Family Courts. Valerie lives in rural County Wicklow with her husband Brian and the couple have five children and four grandchildren.
Peter Cunningham was born and educated in Ireland. His novels include the widely acclaimed Monument trilogy, Tapes of the River Delta, Consequences of the Heart and Love in One Edition. He also publishes thrillers under the pen name Peter Benjamin. Peter Cunningham lives in County Kildare.