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.
Paul Daly is a graduate of UCD and also holds a masters degree in Political Communication from DCU. His first job in politics was during the divorce referendum in 1995 and he subsequently worked in the Oireachtas with the Labour Party for seven years. He lives in Dublin where he works as a communications consultant and lecturer.
Denise Deegan is the bestselling author of four novels and one book of non-fiction. She has been published in Ireland, the UK and Commonwealth, Germany, Holland and Korea. br />Denise has contributed to short story collections and written regularly in the Irish media. She has given writing workshops for adults and children. She is the mother of two children.
Justine Delaney Wilson
Born in Dublin, Justine Delaney Wilson read English at Trinity College Dublin and completed a post-grad in Journalism at the Dublin Institute of Technology.She has been writing on a freelance basis ever since, and worked in television research and production for over a decade.Her first book, The High Society (Gill & Macmillan, 2007) was nominated in the Non-Fiction Book of the Year category at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2008.She is the author of two novels, The Difference and Listen for the Weather.@justinedelw
John Devane still practices as a lawyer in his home town of Limerick, Ireland. He is married with a family.
Martina Devlin is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist writing weekly columns for the Irish Independent and the Sunday World. Previously she spent seven years working on Fleet Street. Shortlisted twice for the Irish Book Awards, she is 2009 Writer in Residence at the Princess Grace Library in Monaco.
Mary Doherty has taught English for fifteen years in the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, County Tipperary. Originally from Bray, County Wicklow, she studied English and History at UCD, graduating with a masters in Anglo-Irish Literature in 1992. She has also taught in Loreto, Bray, Castleknock College and Kilkenny College.She has been a class tutor for fifteen years, a role which she absolutely loves, and as a result has experienced many teenage issues firsthand and gotten to know the girls on a very personal level. Mary is also a transition year coordinator and Learning Support teacher. She lives in Kilkenny with her husband and two children.
Broadcaster Joe Duffy is the presenter of Ireland's most popular daily radio show, Liveline, on RTE Radio 1. He also presents Joe Duffy's Spirit Level on RTE television and writes a weekly column for the Irish Mail on Sunday.Born in Dublin's Mountjoy Square and reared in Ballyfermot, his bestselling memoir Just Joe was published in 2010.His interest in researching and writing about the forgotten children killed in 1916 was sparked by an art project he undertook in Easter 2013 for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.In 2014 he organised the first national ecumenical service of Reclamation and Remembrance for the children killed in the Easter Rising.Children of the Rising won the National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2015, and was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland.
When Maria Duffy left her career in the bank to become a stay-at-home mum, she never dreamed that writing, something she's always loved, would become her job one day. She lives in Dublin with her husband Paddy and their four children.Her bestselling novels include Any Dream Will Do, One Wish and A Love Like This.
Paddy Duffy is a columnist, broadcaster and TV producer from Donegal, living in London. His debut book, Did That Actually Happen? was published in 2013, the same year he was crowned World Music Quiz Champion - he's equally proud of both achievements. He is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes on the BBC and RTE, has featured in The Huffington Post, The Journal.ie, The Irish Times, the Irish Examiner and most importantly, the Donegal News.He has been a youth worker and mentor for nearly ten years, helping to found SpunOut.ie, working with community projects around Ireland and tutoring political education to the Donegal Youth Council.He's worked on TV shows such as University Challenge and Inside Obama's White House, and is the proud owner of a plate with his name in bold capital letters and M&Ms from the Oval Office.
S.A. Dunphy is the author of the David Dunnigan series, which includes After She Vanished, When She Was Gone and If She Returned.
Shane Dunphy worked for fifteen years as a frontline child protection worker in many different parts of Ireland. He now teaches social studies and psychology and is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes on issues of child and family welfare.He is the author of several non-fiction books, including Wednesday's Child and The Boy They Tried to Hide.
James Durney is a graduate of NUI, Maynooth. He was born in Naas, Co. Kildare, in 1961 and is married with two grown-up children. An award-winning writer, he has written extensively on Irish affairs, including award-winning books on organised crime in America and the Irish revolutionary period. James has also worked on several radio and TV documentaries and was a consultant on TG4's Mobs Mheiriceá (American Mobs).
Keith Falkiner is a sports reporter with the Irish Daily Star Sunday. He lives in Dublin.
Robert Fannin was born in Dublin in 1954. He has written several plays for BBC Radio 4 and is currently studying Drama and English in Universtity of West England. He is married to Denise with two children and is living in Bristol.
Based in county Kildare, James Fennell is one of ireland's leading photographers. He works primarily in the fields of fashion, interiors, travel and portraiture. He has contributed to Living in Sri Lanka and Irish Furniture. He has traelled extensively and is a regular contributor to Vogue Living, Cara and The Irish Times amongst others.