Beginner’s Pluck


Brian Coughlan

After his degree in science, Brian specialised in pharmaceuticals, and has been working in the sector ever since. “I worked for Glaxo Smith Klein in Cork for many years, and then moved to Mylan in Galway.”…

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Eleanor O’Reilly

After university, Eleanor went straight into teaching. “I did my teaching practice in Loretto Foxrock. Afterwards they gave me a job, and I was there for two years. Then, in 2001, I moved to Gorey Community…

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Jenny McCartney

Brought up near Belfast the youngest of four, Jenny attended Oxford University, and then she moved to Prague for 18 months. “I worked as a proof reader on the Prague Post, then, after a short time…

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mary Jennings

Mary Jennings

Mary was a studious kid and wasn’t interested in sport. After college, she joined the IT department of Price Waterhouse Cooper becoming a management consultant. She spent a lot of time in London, and friends introduced…

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Jane Ryan

Learning to read at 3, Jane was devouring Agatha Christie at nine. Wanting to act, she was accepted at RADA, but her father persuaded her to become an accountant. “I studied with the Institute of Chartered…

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Nicole Flattery

Nicole wrote ‘bad poetry’ and some stories as a teenager but stopped when she went to college. “I was a better reader than a writer. And I did a lot of theatre as a teenager. I…

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Antoinette Tyrrell

Antoinette has had a lifelong obsession with Anglo-Irish large houses. She wrote a paper on Ballindoolin, in County Kildare for history degree. But it wasn’t until she started a third manuscript that she thought of setting…

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Lillian Li

Lilian started writing when she was ten years old. “I wrote fan fiction with my best friend. We used to meet up at playgrounds to brainstorm story ideas. I transitioned into writing original fiction in high…

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Paul Fitzsimons

Paul tried accountancy, but then switched and worked in a bank for a while, before going into the IT industry. “When I was working for Intel, I returned to college, and studied Interior Design. My first…

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Caragh Bell

Caragh Bell

An English and French teacher, Caragh has written since she was small. She had her first child just after college but went back to do an HDip and has been teaching since. “I sent a manuscript…

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Jacqueline O’Mahony

A prolific reader, Jacqueline reviewed books for the, then, Cork Examiner aged 14, winning young writer of the year. After her Masters in Italy she lived in Spain for a year. Then, gaining a Fulbright scholarship,…

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Anne Griffin

Anne worked in Waterstones for 8 years, as a buyer of non-fiction. “I loved it. I worked in Convent Garden, opened Dublin’s Jervis Street branch, and manged Dawson Street.” Wanting a new challenge, she went back…

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