Sarah O'Brien has a dual personality - she is both Helena Close and Patricia Rainsford, two best friends since childhood. Keen writers, they have collaborated on everything from teenage romance to weddings, babies and career paths. It was only a matter of time before they began writing together.Helena has worked in public relations and journalism and Patricia teaches part-tine. Both live in Limerick, Ireland, with an assortment of children, husbands, cats and dogs.Helena Close and Patricia Rainsford hail from Limerick City and have been best friends since age 14. Having collaborated on everything from teenage romance to weddings, babies and career paths, it was only a matter of time before they collaborated on a book: bringing to life the wonderful new heroine Ellen Grace, a Bridget Jones with Irish attitude.Respectively a journalist and a teacher by profession, both women live in Limerick with an assortment of children, husbands, cats and dogs.
Fiona O'Brien left an award winning career in advertising to write her first novel in 2002. She went on to publish bestselling novels including None of My Affair, No Reservations, Without Him and The Love Book. She lives in Sandymount, Dublin. You can find Fiona on Facebook.
Brian O'Connor is an award-winning journalist who has worked on various national newspapers such as Sunday Tribune, Irish Times and the London Times. He was racing correspondent with the Irish Press for four years and has been racing correspondent with the Irish Times since 1997. Brian is married with two children.
Dermot O'Connor is a leading practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the resident expert on the Sunday Times-associated website www.whatreallyworks.co.uk. Dermot writes and lectures internationally on health recovery and is European Director of the International Institute of Medical Qigong. He appears regularly in the press and on TV.
Declan O'Donnell is a judge on RTÉ's Home of the Year, as well as the Creative Director and Founding Partner of ODKM Architects in Dublin. Born in Belfast, Declan studied at Queen's University Belfast and the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow before working at Foster + Partners in London. He returned to Dublin in 2009 when she set up ODKM Architects.
Hugh O'Donovan is a Registered Psychologist (Work), Performance Coach and former Army Officer. As well as being Principal of Hugh O'Donovan and Associates (www.hoda.ie), Hugh has a passionate interest in and commitment to applying the best practice, evidence-based insights of psychology (positive), coaching psychology and contemplative neuroscience, in order to enhance the life experience, work performance and well-being of individuals, groups and organisations. Hugh is Co-Founder of the 1st Masters in Coaching Psychology to be delivered in an Irish University (UCC) and Programme Co-Director on the Higher Diploma in Coaching/Coaching Psychology, also in UCC. He is an honorary Vice-President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, published author in the coaching domain and conference speaker. He lives in Cork with his wife Michele and his daughters Aoife and Jean. In his spare time, he likes to cook, trek to high remote places, enjoy good company and explore archaeological artefact, and preferably all at the one time. His next trip is to Patagonia.
Sheila O'Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother's Secret, If You Were Me, All For You (Winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award) and Bad Behaviour.She worked in finance for several years, but always dreamed of writing fiction, and she is now a full-time writer, with over twenty bestselling novels published. She lives in Dublin with her husband. www.sheilaoflanagan.comTwitter @sheilaoflanagan Facebook.com/sheilabooks
Alan O'Mara is a Gaelic footballer with Cavan and an Ulster u21 champion. In 2013, when he was just twenty-two years of age, he went public about his experience with depression.Since then, Alan has become a leading mental health advocate in Ireland and is an ambassador to the HSE's 'Little Things' campaign and the Gaelic Player's Association.In 2016, Alan founded 'Real Talks' to facilitate discussions on the importance of mental health, effective communication, personal leadership and resilience in schools, the workplace, sports teams and other communities.
Patricia O'Reilly is a writer and researcher and has written extensively for Irish newspapers and magazines. She is a regular contributor to radio - documentaries, plays, Sunday Miscellany, Quiet Quarter - as well as a lecturer/trainer in various aspects of writing.
Gail O'Rorke was born and raised in Crumlin, Dublin. She left school at an early age and was the mother of two children by the age of twenty. She married her lifelong partner at the age of twenty one and has lived in Tallaght since 1990. She comes from a turbulent background and overcame many obstacles in her early years. She worked in a variety of cleaning jobs one of which led her to meet a lady named Bernadette Forde who was a sufferer of multiple sclerosis. The loyalty and love of friendship that ensued resulted in her being the first person in the history of Ireland to be charged with the crime of assisting a suicide. After many years of fear and worry, she was acquitted on 28 April 2015 at the Central Criminal Court of Justice after a gruelling three-week trial. She continues to be an advocate for the right to die with dignity campaign. She now enjoys life surrounded by her partner Barry, their two grown children and three grandchildren.
Leagues O'Toole is a Dublin-born journalist and broadcaster. Graduating from the world of fanzine publishing, he became a well-known music writer and champion of leftfield artists. For three years, he presented and researched the No Disco music programme for RTE television, focusing on independent and innovative music and video production. As part of that series, he made a critically acclaimed documentary about Planxty. He is currently the editor of the Foggy Notions music magazine and regularly presents and produces programmes for Today FM. The Humours of Planxty is his first book.
Cynthia Owen is married and lives in the UK.