Paddy Crosbie was born in Dublin in 1913, educated at St Paul's CBS, St Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra and University College, Dublin. He was the famous creator of such radio and television programmes as The School Around the Corner, Back to School, Tug O'Words and Paddy's Playground, and made frequent appearances on The Late Late Show. In 1979 Paddy Crosbie was honoured by Pope John Paul II with the Papal decoration Benemerenti. He died in 1982.
A devoted Horslips fan since his early teens, Mark Cunningham first interviewed the band in 1995, for Hot Press magazine. Later, he created the souvenir brochures for the band’s reunion tours, and produced videos for their general promotion.
Mark’s early career was focused on work as a bass guitarist, composer and producer. He produced the first official BBC Children In Need charity single, and played a supporting role with several well-known artists.
Moving into music journalism in the early ’nineties, Mark contributed to a wide range of magazines, as well as writing two popular reference books – Good Vibrations: A History Of Record Production and Live & Kicking: The Rock Concert Industry In The Nineties.
In 1998, Mark co-founded TPi (Total Production International) – a monthly magazine for the live industry – and its associated annual TPi Awards event.
Since leaving TPi in 2011, he has worked in a marketing role for leading live sound company Clair Global, as well as advising on numerous entertainment production initiatives worldwide.
Mark lives in Southend-on-Sea, in the south-east of England.
For further information on Mark’s career activities, please visit www.froog.net
TV personality and hotelier Noel Cunningham has always had a passion about manners and etiquette. Noel has a long and distinguished career in Hotel Catering and Tourism. He has worked on some of the great ocean-going liners and is well acquainted with the grand hotels of the world. He has always been of the opinion that the well-mannered young person, aware of the social niceties, and well versed in the requirements of proper etiquette, will have the perfect head start in life! He has met film stars and royalty, politicians and primates, and the wonderful Joe Soaps. He suggests we can learn from people in all walks of life as good manners are not just the preserve of the High Born!
No one is sure where Bob Curran comes from. Tradition says that one moment he wasn’t there and the next moment he was in County Down. He has, however, held various jobs – including gravedigger, hospital porter, civil servant and teacher – has studied History and Education at the New University of Ulster, and has received a Ph.D. in Educational Social Psychology. Bob has a strong interest in local history and folklore, and has both written and lectured on these subjects; he is a frequent contributor to radio, and has appeared on television co-presenting programmes on heritage and history. It is said that Bob currently lives somewhere in north Antrim, with his teacher wife and two small children; but it is difficult to be sure, as he is seen only ‘between the lights’ (at twilight), and then only by a fortunate few.
Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series, the 'Eva' series and the 'Time After Time' series, about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends. Judi won the Children's Book of the Year (Senior) at the Irish Book Awards in 2017 for Stand By Me. Her current series, about Lily, is set in the famous Lissadell House in Co Sligo.