Peter Mulryan became interested in the world of food and drink over a decade ago while filming in France and went on to make numerous programmes about cooking and, of course, alcohol. After visiting just about every distillery in Scotland and Ireland, Peter married his Scottish bride on the Isle of Skye last year. They now have a baby son Tadhg and live in Cork where he is a senior producer with RTÉ Television.
Peter is a director of the Blackwater Distillery in Waterford, one of the growing number of independent whiskey distilleries throughout Ireland.
BRENDAN MURPHY began work as a press photographer in 1974 having previously been a barman and publican in the Falls Road area of west Belfast. In a newspaper career spanning four decades he has won all the major awards in Northern Irish press photography. Brendan’s work has appeared in most of the major Irish newspapers as well as many of the London-based tabloids and broadsheets and several European magazines and newspapers. Brendan lives in Belfast where he continues to work as freelance photographer.
Colin Murphy is the author of The Most Famous Irish People You’ve Never Heard Of and co-author of the bestselling ‘Feckin’ collection (The O’Brien Press). His début historical novel Boycott (Brandon) was published in 2012 to great acclaim.
He has written stories, non-fiction pieces and poetry in Irish and English. Most of his work has appeared in school books in Ireland and the UK, with some stories also included in anthologies of children's fiction on both sides of the Atlantic.
Joanne Murphy is an award winning photographer with a creative focus on food and lifestyle.
Over the course of her 20 year career she has worked with some of the biggest names in the Irish food business such as Darina Allen, Neven Maguire, Rory O’Connell, Catherine Fulvio, Roz Purcell and Domini Kemp amongst others.
As well as photographing 30+ cookbooks she has also worked with brands such as Bord Bia, Glanbia, Lidl, Dunnes Stores, Monart and Pink Lady to name a few.
Joanne has a great understanding of ideas relating to food and current trends, all the while retaining her artist’s vision and her own unique, visual sensibility.
Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama. He went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher.
Joe Murphy's ambitious debut novel "1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We’ll Cross" was published in 2011 by Liberties Press (Dublin) to excellent reviews: "epic novel of revolution", "a swashbuckling tale", "a cracking good read", "brilliantly researched and movingly written", "a gut wrenching and page turning story"…
Muprhy’s second novel, Dead Dogs, was published by Liberties Press in September 2012 and launched by Arlene Hunt.
Áine Murray is a primary school teacher from Navan, Co. Meath. She received her Bachelor of Psychology and her Professional Masters in Education at Maynooth University. Áine has always loved working with young children and, as a teacher, has a keen interest in helping young people to understand the importance of positive relationships and normalising mental health.
Ann Murtagh spent her first seven years in the Bronx, New York. After a short time in Dublin, her family moved to Kells, Co. Meath. She qualified as a primary teacher and later received an MA in Local History from NUI Maynooth. A member of both Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Kilkenny Archaeological Society, she has given lectures to both groups. Ann has designed and facilitated history courses for teachers both locally and nationally. She has three sons, Daniel, Bill and Matt, and lives with her husband, Richard, and two dogs in Kilkenny City.