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.
Her website (currently in German) is www.artshaw.com.
Bex Sheridan is an artist, writer and graphic designer with a great love of animals. She is often asked to illustrate animals, from pet portraits to wildlife. As a child, Bex dreamed of having a house filled with animals when she grew up – which is what she now has! She and her husband Jay have their own mini-menagerie: it began with one rabbit and now there are also dogs, birds (of many kinds), a lizard and even a hedgehog!
Michael Sheridan has combined a career as a journalist with that of theatre director. He has written extensively on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder and the Garda investigation. Michael was also the main screenplay writer for the film When the Sky Falls based on the life and death of journalist Veronica Guerin.
Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created D’Unbelievables, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique and critically acclaimed brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and The United States as well as various countries across Europe.
As a solo artist Pat’s first show was a sell-out. Pat’s work was hailed as comic genius by the Irish Times. An actor of note, Pat has appeared in many plays and films. Pat recently played the lead role of Josie in a movie called Garage which picked up the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
An accomplished musician Pat has recorded with many bands and toured extensively in the US with the brass section of The Saw Doctors. In 2006, he scored the big hit in Ireland with the song "The Jumbo Breakfast Roll" under the guise of showband singer Dicksie Walsh. The song was a number one hit in Ireland for six weeks with sales going 4 times platinum.
Pat's television credits include Tom the Character in Father Ted, (Channel 4) and Bobby in The Fitz (BBC). Pat can currently be seen in the popular television series Killinascully. The successful series features Pat in a variety of roles and was created by him for RTÉ.