Patrick Deeley was born in the townland of Foxhall, outside Loughrea, Co. Galway, in 1953. He has published six highly acclaimed collections of poems with Dedalus Press including Decoding Samara, The Bones of Creation, and Groundswell: New and Selected Poems. In addition his poems have appeared in many leading literary outlets in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada and Australia, been widely translated and won a number of awards. Patrick is married to the artist Judy Carroll Deeley and they have two children.
Father David Delargy, Father Eugene O'Hagan and Father Martin O'Hagan - known collectively as The Priests - live and work in Belfast and have, since signing a record-breaking deal with Sony in 2008, performed in concerts throughout the world. Their debut album sold more than 1,000,000 in just four weeks, was nominated for a Classical Brit Award and was No.1 on the Classic FM Charts for more than 15 weeks. This is their first book. Their latest album will be released in Autumn 2009.
Eamon Dillon is a prize-winning journalist with the Sunday World newspaper in Dublin where he is Assistant Editor (Crime and Security). His first book TheOutsiders: Exposing the Secretive World of Irelandís Travellers was a best-seller in Ireland and established him as an authority on Traveller-related issues. His second book was The Fraudsters: How Con Artists Steal Your Money. He has been a guest speaker at the Toronto Fraud Police annual conference as well as at Google HQ in Dublin on the topic of fraud and social engineering. In 2009 he received the Ruhama Award in Journalism for his investigative piece into the organised sex-trade in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter: @EamoD
John Doyle has been a critic for Toronto's TheGlobe and Mail since 1997 and has written its daily television column since 2000. His first book, the memoir A Great Feast of Light: Growing up Irish in the Television Age, was published to great acclaim in the US, the UK, and Canada. He has also written for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian online, The Irish Times and The Toronto Star.
Joe Duffy is the presenter of Liveline, one of the most popular radio shows in Ireland. Brought up in the working-class Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot, he was one of the first people from his area to attend Trinity College Dublin, where he became a student leader advocating access to education and social justice. He went on to a successful radio career with The Gay Byrne Show on RTE Radio One, before in 1999 becoming the presenter of Liveline. Married to June Meehan, he is the father of triplets and now lives in Clontarf in Dublin.