An investigative journalist for nearly 40 years, covering print and broadcasting mediums, Frank started out as a researcher. He worked in RTE, on many programmes, including the Late Late Show, before turning to print journalism.
“I freelanced across various titles then worked fulltime for the Sunday Business Post, doing investigative reporting, on first political, then Garda corruption – work that led into the tribunals. As Northern editor for many years I also covered the peace process.”
During the crash of 2008, Frank was working for the Mail on Sunday. Seeing budgets slashed, and fearing for the future of investigative journalism, Frank joined SIPTU. He has since written two factual books; Tom Gilmartin; The Man who brought down a Taoiseach, and Namaland.
“I started dabbling with my novel between writing those two books. I’ve always been interested, as a journalist, in working with the relatives of the injured and killed.”
Who is Frank Connolly?
Date of birth: February 1954, in Dublin
Education: Blackrock College. Trinity College Dublin, Economics and Social Studies.
Family: Partner, Mary Tracey, children, Oisín, Saoirse, Caomhán, Síomha and Liadh, and grandchildren, Alannah, Rían, and Fiadh.
The Day Job: Head of Communications at SIPTU.
In Another Life: “Fiction is a challenge. I’d like to keep trying, failing and failing better.”
Favourite Writers: Isabel Allende; Margaret Atwood; James Baldwin; Stieg Larsson; Ann Patchett; Susan Abulhawa.
Second Novel: “I might continue with the story through the eighties and nineties.”
Top Tip: “It’s important, always, to read and write. You have to keep practising the craft.”
Website: www.frankconnolly.org Twitter: @connolly16frank
The Debut: A Conspiracy of Lies. Mercier: €16.99 Kindle: €4.92.
Angie and Joe, traumatised by the Dublin bombs of 1974, are drawn together in their quest to find out the truth. But the more they find out, the deeper their involvement into a dark political landscape.
“I was a student at Trinity in 1974. I was walking in the grounds when an explosion nearly knocked me off my feet. I went out, onto street and saw the scene of carnage. I remember one woman whose leg was badly damaged. I used actual events, and the testimonies of people, but it’s a work of fiction.”
The Verdict: An emotive page turner exploring a neglected period in our history.
Published in The Irish Examiner on 8th June.
© Sue J Leonard. 2019