Beginner’s Pluck


Eimear O’Callaghan.

After university, Eimear went straight into journalism, working for the Irish News in Belfast. Then she moved to Dublin and worked for RTE as a TV news reporter. “I was there for two years, then, having…

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Damien Burke

After college Damien spent time in Australia before moving to England, where he taught IT in Nottingham, and then Birmingham. Whilst teaching, he met at archivist, and became fascinated in the skill, so, after returning to…

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Tara Flynn

Tara started life as an actor. After college she moved to Dublin and worked in the theatre, acting, and stage managing. In 1995, when she worked with the Nualas, she co-wrote songs, but it wasn’t until…

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Kate Winter

  Kate started telling rambling stories as a toddler. At 5, she wrote them down. But she didn’t start writing in earnest until she was in her late twenties. “I was in Australia, and I was…

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Alice Oseman

  Published in the Irish Examiner on 27th December Alice Oseman Alice can’t remember a time when she hasn’t been writing stories. She’s a prolific reader too. “I wrote this story about teenagers and school, for…

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Luana Lewis

After gaining a degree in psychology, Luana stayed on as a research assistant studying victims of violence. Then she worked full time as a psychologist. Starting off working with trauma victims, she moved into family custody…

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Karl Whitney

  Whilst at UCD Karl wrote for university papers, and afterwards he did some freelance journalism for The Guardian and the Irish Times. “My articles were often about Dublin. I wanted to write something from a…

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Gerard Lee

Gerard Lee

Gerard worked in social care, on and off, for twenty years. At first he worked in residential settings, then, as a freelance actor, he dipped in and out of relief work. “My acting career has been…

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