Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, I immigrated to Canada in 1966 and settled in Calgary in 1974. Over the course of my varied career I have worked as a golf caddy, lounge waiter, customs officer, nightclub pianist, church organist, radio news announcer, and a featured storyteller on CBC Radio’s Daybreak Alberta – a popular program heard across the province.
As a newspaper and magazine journalist, I have written on a variety of topics including politics, business, theatre, contemporary music, medicine, education, and travel. I have served on the national boards of The Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Canadian Theatre Critics Association.
I have won national and regional awards in Canada for my journalism. They include two Western Magazine Awards (Gold Award Alberta, Science and Technology Award), for stories on regeneration of animal brain cells, and the national Hollobon Award for medical writing in Canada, which I won for a magazine feature story on open-heart surgery.