Bergin, Eileen

EILEEN BERGIN established The Butler’s Pantry in 1987 as a response to the changing trends in Irish lifestyles and eating habits. The first shop opened on Mount Merrion Avenue in Blackrock and the business has expanded to seven shops in the Dublin and Wicklow areas.
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Bermingham, Ann

Ann Bermingham has worked in many different areas throughout her career, but this is the first time that she has added writer to that list. She has previously worked as a teacher, a journalist and a librarian. She now works as a counsellor in a women’s refuge in Coolock, County Dublin. She is married with four children.

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Blackwood, Gary

Gary Blackwood has written novels for young readers including Wild Timothy, Beyond the Door and The Dying Sun. His involvement in the theatre, both as a playwright and as an amateur actor, goes back a long way ... though not quite to Shakespeare's day. Gary lives with his wife and two children on an acre of land surrounded by cow pastures outside Carthage, Missouri.
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Boland, Brendan

Born in 1961, Brendan Boland is originally from Dundalk, Co Louth. Today he lives with his wife and childhood sweetheart Martina in the UK, where he works with a multinational media group.  In 1975 he disclosed to a priest that he had been abused by Fr Brendan Smyth. He became embroiled in a secret church inquiry that he thought would put a stop to Smyth’s abuse. It didn’t, even though Brendan gave the names and addresses of children who he told the church were being abused.

Darragh MacIntyre is an award-winning investigative reporter with BBC Panorama, as well as a published author. As a journalist, he has been at the frontline in terms of the investigation and presentation of many of the biggest news stories in Irish current affairs in recent years, including the Iris Robinson scandal in 2010. He was the reporter and the presenter of the BBC programme, The Shame of Catholic Church, broadcast in May 2012. Originally from Celbridge, County Kildare, Darragh now lives in Belfast.

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Boland, Gerry

Born in Dublin, Gerry Boland is a writer, teacher and committed environmentalist.

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Bolger, Muriel

Muriel Bolger is an experienced travel writer and magazine editor.
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