O'Donnell, Ruán

RUAN O'DONNELL is head of the History Department at the University of Limerick & the official historian of the Robert Emmet Association. He has written for The Irish Times and several historical publications.

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O'Dowd, Niall

Niall O’Dowd is founder and editor of The Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine and creator of irishcentral.com , the global Irish portal site launched in March 2009. He is also the author of Fire in the Morning, a book on the Irish in the World Trade Centre on 9/11. He is a frequent analyst on Irish-American affairs for CNN, for RTE and other radio and TV networks. Born in Tipperary and raised in Drogheda, he is based in New York.
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O'Driscoll, Eileen

Eileen O'Driscoll is a chartered physiotherapist and acupuncturist. She combines her busy Dublin practice with caring for her three children. A 'foodie' with a passion for good ingredients cooked with flair and ingenuity, this is her first book.

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O'Keeffe, Padraig

PÁDRAIG O'KEEFE is from Cobh, Co Cork. A former Legionnaire, he is now a security expert who works in the most dangerous parts of the world.

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O'Neill, Karl

KARL O’NEILL was born in Armagh, and now lives in Dublin. He is a theatre, radio, and television actor, currently portraying Tim Carney in RTÉ's popular soap 'Fair City'. This Christmas Karl will play the eponymous Wizard of Oz at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. This is to be the last ever production in that historic venue before it is demolished.

Karl has performed in a wide variety of theatre roles - including Malvolio in 'Twelfth Night', Sir Robert Chiltern in 'An Ideal Husband', and Tarry in 'Tarry Flynn' among others. He has also participated extensively in the musicals of Paul Boyd, playing such diverse parts as Tweedledee/March Hare/White Knight in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', Father/Fats the Frog/Francis Drake in 'Hansel & Gretel', Louis in 'Red' and Geppetto in 'Pinocchio'). Karl is particularly fond of the parts he has played in these musicals because as far as he is concerned, nothing compares to the palpable anticipation, excitement and honesty of an audience of children.

Karl finished writing The Most Beautiful Letter In The World while rehearsing the Little Red Kettle's production of 'Peter Pan' at the Theatre Royal, Waterford in 2005. Karl feels forever indebted to Anne O'Riordan( the marvellous Peter Pan), as well as to the rest of the fantastic cast of children for all their encouragement when he tentatively passed the story around for comment.

The Most Beautiful Letter In The World was written for Karl's niece Sheena's 9th birthday on Christmas Day 2005. Karl let her 'discover' the story inside a red envelope marked "To you" which he left beside a War Memorial monument in The Mall, a park in Armagh, on that Christmas Eve.

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O'Neill, Lauren

Lauren O’Neill is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin. Originally from Wexford, she moved to Dublin to study in NCAD and stayed. Her work has appeared across a wide variety of areas from advertising campaigns to storybooks and gallery exhibitions. She has illustrated Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, winning the Children’s Books Ireland Merit Award for Illustration, and Blazing a Trail which won the Children's Book of the Year (senior) Irish Book Award in 2018.


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