It’s been said that I was born with a pen in my hand. My whole career has been spent as a journalist, writer and editor in the newspaper industry. However, long before I worked for a living, I was writing articles and attempting to write books. Even as a child I wrote, usually with pen or pencil, on any scrap or piece of paper that was near at hand. At the young age of 12, I had a monthly astronomy column in the Spectrum magazine of the local newspaper, the Drogheda Independent.
When I left school, I began an apprenticeship with the paper, having previously written occasional articles for them. I worked at the Drogheda Independent for 10 years, cutting my teeth as a journalist and developing my writing skills. I met Richard Moore in 1999, while I was working at the Drogheda Independent, and we began research which would lead to the publication of my first (and to date my most comprehensive) book, Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers, which was released on sale at the end of 2006. After selling out within a year, the book was revised and expanded and republished in 2008.
I moved to another newspaper in 2003, becoming Editor of the Drogheda Leader. From there, I moved to the Dundalk Democrat, again as editor. My second book, Newgrange: Monument to Immortality was published in 2012 by The Liffey Press. It was reprinted in 2016.
In 2012, I started working for the Irish Farmers Journal, a national newspaper, as a sub editor, and am still working there, where I also do some graphic design. In 2013, I published my first work of fiction, a novella called Land of the Ever-Living Ones. In 2015, I published a short novel on Amazon Kindle called The Cry of the Sebac. I hope to release this novel in print format in the not too distant future.
Currently, I am working on my third work of non-fiction, Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past (the title and subtitle of which are taken from my website), which will be published by The Liffey Press in November 2017.
Over the past number of years I have written several magazine and newspaper articles, in addition to features about Mythical Ireland for various websites. I have also published many posts and articles on the Mythical Ireland blog.