Mary Robinson was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and UN High Commissioner for Human rights from 1997 to 2002. She has had many significant roles in international leadership, focusing on climate justice, human rights and women's rights. Earlier in her career, as a barrister, she represented the protesters occupying Wood Quay, the Viking heart of Dublin, and was instrumental in having it declared a national monument.
Anthony Roche was born in Dublin in 1951 and graduated from
Trinity College, Dublin, with a First-Class Honours B.A. in
English in 1973. He attended the University of California at Santa
Barbara, where he was awarded an M.A. in English and a Ph.D.
for a dissertation on J.M. Synge. Having taught in the U.S. for the
1980s, he returned to Ireland where he was a Professor in the School
of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, retiring
in 2016. He is married to the writer Katy Hayes; they have a son,
Merlin, and a daughter, Lily, and live in Monkstown, County
Dublin. He has published widely on Irish drama, especially
on Brian Friel. His most recent book, The Irish Dramatic
Revival, 1899-1939 (Bloomsbury, 2015), includes a
chapter ‘Bernard Shaw: The Absent Presence’.
File, fear haiku, úrscéalaí, drámadóir, gearrscéalaí, údar-aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar, an chuid is mó acu sa Ghaeilge. I measc na ngradam a bronnadh air tá an bonn Tamgha-i-Khidmat ó Rialtas na Pacastáine. Is ball d’Aosdána é.
Kate Rowan is a freelance sports journalist based in Dublin, specialising in features. Kate has travelled widely covering rugby including the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Ireland’s 2012 June to tour to New Zealand and the 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia. She regularly wrote features for the Irish Independent online and has worked extensively writing for governing bodies including World Rugby (formerly IRB) and IRFU. She has also covered women’s rugby extensively from club to international level, including Ireland’s Women’s 2015 Six Nations winning campaign.
Eddie Rowley is the Sunday World's showbiz correspondent, covering the local and international music scene since 1983.
Eimear Ryan is from Co. Tipperary and lives in Cork. She writes about sport for the Irish Examiner and is an editor for the literary journal Banshee. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island). Eimear plays camogie for St Finbarr’s in Cork. She was never any good at Gaelic football but she loves watching the game. This is her first book for younger readers.
Eoin is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Visual Communications. He has worked in the Film and Television industry as a writer, designer and animator for clients that include Porsche, Unilever and RyanAir. Eoin's animated film DEMON won best short animation at the 2006 Galway Film Fleadh. He is also a recipient of the prestigous Silver ICAD for his copywriting work in print and television. Eoin's first live action film UNCLE BILL'S BARREL which he wrote and directed for the Irish Film Board has been screened in film festivals worldwide. In the two years since its debut, Eoin's web comic Space Avalanche has been seen by millions and has a growing worldwide readership.
MEDA RYAN, historian and author, is a native of West Cork and now lives in County Clare; she has participated in television and radio documentaries and has had articles published in a wide variety of history magazines and journals, plus national and local newspapers. Her published books include Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter; The Day Michael Collins Was Shot; Liam Lynch: The Real Chief and Michael Collins and the Women Who Spied for Ireland.