Neil Fetherstonhaugh was born in Dublin in 1971. After graduating from college in 1990. he worked on a number of local newspapers before leaving to go backpacking in the Middle East, North Africa and across Europe. In 1998 he travelled across the United States, Mexico and central America. Neil returned to Ireland in 1999 and took up a job as a reporter with the Northside People newspaper. Since then he has written two books, and appeared on TV and radio shows. He still travels extensively.
Fergus Finlay broadcasts regularly on radio and television, with a weekly radio column on RTE, a weekly newspaper column in the Irish Examiner, and a monthly syndicated column in a number of regional newspapers. He is the bestselling author of three books, including his political memoir Snakes and Ladders. He worked for many years at the forefront of Irish industrial relations before moving into politics where he was adviser to Labour Leaders Dick Spring and Pat Rabbite. He is now CEO of Barnardos - Ireland's largest children's charity.
Brian is a Dublin-based author, journalist, ghost-writer and editor. His debut novel, The Forced Redundancy Film Club, was a published in 2012, while his follow-up, Knowing Me Knowing You, was released to critical acclaim in 2014.?Brian is one of Ireland's foremost ghost-writers, the name behind several bestselling autobiographies for Irish and international celebrities.
Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning writer-director. His films have screened at film festivals all over the world and won prizes at home and abroad. He writes regularly for The Irish Times. His short fiction has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award and his poetry has appeared in the quarterly publication West 47. Simon is currently working on his first feature-length film My Name is Emily. He lives in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, with his wife Ruth and their five children.
Following a brain haemorrhage and NDE, Róisín Fitzpatrick turned this adversity into a positive life change. Integrating her passion for sharing the beauty of the eternal light with her business skills from her former career, she has become an internationally successful artist. Róisín lives in Co. Wicklow. Taking Heaven Lightly is her first book.www.RoisinFitzpatrick.com
Tara Flynn is from County Cork, which means she is a born expert in the field of Giving Out (Loudly and with Great Authority). Her work has taken her all over the world but she found herself an American husband while she was away so that worked out well.She works as an actress, columnist and improviser and has appeared in hit TV shows such as Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Irish Pictorial Weekly and Line of Duty. She makes satirical videos (Racist B&B; Armagayddon)whenever she gets cross about inequality. She is the author of the best-selling You're Grand: The Irishwoman's Secret Guide to Life and Giving Out Yards. Tara lives in Dublin with the American Husband.
Anthony Foley was born in 1973 and has become one of Munsters most-enduring and most-loved rugby players. He has captained his province and country and led Munster to European glory in 2006. He announced his retirement from the game in January 2008. He is married with two children and lives in County Clare.
Formerly of IMAGE Publications (and entertainment.ie, where she was the Editor), Caroline Foran is now a freelance lifestyle journalist working in Dublin, and also runs her own digital publishing venture, GAFFInteriors.ie. Prior to her career in media, she obtained a degree in Communications and a Masters in Film & TV, both from DCU. Her first book, Owning It: Your Bullsh*-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety, is a No.1 bestseller in Ireland. The Confidence Kit is her second book.
The Irish Franciscans
The Irish Franciscan Province was established in 1230. For nearly 800 years, the Irish friars have striven to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ following the example of Francis of Assisi, ministering to people throughout Ireland and overseas. The vision of St Francis was a simple one: he saw himself as living in a universe that reflected the beauty of God, sharing it with other creatures who he regarded as his brothers and sisters. The Franciscans devote their lives to the search for God in prayer, simplicity, brotherhood and service to others.www.franciscans.ie
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel), The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller), The Secret Place and The Trespasser (Crime Fiction Book of the Year, Irish Book Awards). She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. www.tanafrench.com
Stewart Geddes is a counsellor and psychotherapist, based in Dublin. He has been practicing for five years, specialising in anxiety, and works mainly with young professionals who struggle with anxious thoughts and feelings about themselves, their professional lives and their ability to cope and progress. Previously, he worked in the corporate world for two decades. Stewart lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.The Professional Worrier is his first book.www.themoodlab.ie
Ciara Geraghty is the author of six novels: This is Now, Now That I've Found You, Saving Grace, Becoming Scarlett, Finding Mr Flood and Lifesaving for Beginners. She lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and dog.You can find out more at www.ciarageraghty.com, visit her Facebook page at /CiaraGeraghtyBooks, or follow her on Twitter @ciarageraghty.
Karen Gillece was born in Dublin in 1974. She studied Law at University College Dublin and worked for several years in the telecommunications industry before turning to writing full-time. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Writing Award in 2001 and her short stories have been widely published in literary journals and magazines. Her first novel Seven Nights in Zaragoza was published to widespread acclaim as was her second offering Longshore Drift. My Glass Heart is Karen's third novel.
Born and raised in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Having spent almost twelve years in the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School, Ruthhas acted in various plays, short films and adverts, but her biggest role to date was as 'Laura' in Ireland's national soap opera Fair City.Along with acting, Ruth's passions include music and of course writing. After graduating with First Class Honours from Cambridge University, Ruth is currently studying in Yale University.
Siobhan Hackett, a graduate of Crawford College of Art in Cork with a Diploma in Educational Psychology, has many years' experience in dealing with teenagers. Her understanding of adolescents and the issues that trouble them has made her a source of comfort, wisdom and trust for young people. Added to this is her passionate interest in the many and differing ways that students learn, which can often prevent them enjoying the experience of school life if left unaddressed.Siobhan is the Learning Support Coordinator at the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, teaching Learning Support, Resource and Art. She lives in Tipperary with her husband and two children.
Emma Hannigan was the beloved and bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the No.1 bestseller Letters to My Daughters.Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope. In 2007 Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer and her eleven-year battle with cancer began. As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland Emma worked to dispel the fears around cancer and spread hope about new treatments. In February 2018 Emma shared that her team of dedicated doctors had exhausted all avenues in terms of her treatment. She launched a social media campaign #HelpEmmaHelpOthers to raise ?100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Two weeks later, shortly before her death, Emma's target had been reached. In the final months of her life, Emma completed her thirteenth novel, The Gift of Friends, sending her acknowledgements to her editor just days before she passed away.
Michael Harding is an author and playwright. His creative chronicle of ordinary life in the Irish midlands is published as a weekly column in The Irish Times. He has written numerous plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka,Misogynist and Sour Grapes, and has published three novels, Priest, The Trouble with Sarah Gullion and Bird in the Snow as well as three bestselling memoirs, Staring at Lakes, which won three BGE Irish Book awards, Hanging with the Elephant and Talking to Strangers.
Felicity Hayes-McCoy, author of the best-selling Finfarran series, was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied literature at UCD before moving to England in the 1970s to train as an actress. Her work as a writer ranges from TV and radio drama and documentary, to screenplays, music theatre, memoir and children's books. Her Finfarran novels are widely read on both sides of the Atlantic, and in Australia, and have been translated into six languages. She and her husband, opera director Wilf Judd, live in the West Kerry Gaeltacht and in Bermondsey, London. She blogs about life in both places on her website www.felicityhayesmccoy.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @fhayesmccoy and on Facebook at Felicity Hayes-McCoy Author.
Audrey Healy is a native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. She currently lives in Longford where she is a freelance journalist for the Longford NEWS.She has been published in both national including The Sunday Independent and Ireland on Sunday and numerous provincial newspapers as well as in trade magazines. She is a regular contributor to local radio and is an active member of her local book club and writers club.She is the author of three books.
Susannah Healy is a psychologist, mindfulness meditation teacher and hypnotherapist living in Dublin. She runs a psychological services practice in Dundrum and has published several articles on psychology-related topics in 'Irish Tatler' and 'The Irish Medical Times', as well as writing online. She has appeared several times on radio and television. She is the author of Fabulous Jelly: Use Your Brain to Lose Weight (Mercier Press).