I am a freelance sports journalist and author who was born in Cork on July 20, 1971. Reared in the Waterford gaeltacht of Rinn Ó gCuanach, I developed a deep love of the Irish language, culture and history.
Sport consumed me from the very start. My parents, John and Nora encouraged me all in the way - except with my absurd ambition to become a jockey when I was seven (it was obvious to all bar me that I was much too soft for a start). I played football, hurling, soccer and rugby, where but there are few sports that I fail to find some attraction to, or at least a redeeming quality.
I have a BA from UCC and a Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism from Newman College. I am a former sports editor with the Kildare National, Muskerry Leader and Cork Leader, while I also worked as a director, producer and researcher with independent TV company Nemeton, who are responsible for the majority of TG4's sports output.
I am a regular contributor on television and radio on a variety of sporting topics, and have written a number of books too.
Amongst other, more regular roles I hold at present, and award acknowledgements lucky enough to come my way include: