I am a writer, historian and university educator, from Co. Kerry, Ireland, with a passion for things medieval and Celtic.
Two medieval Irishmen on the Camino is my first work of historical fiction and is inspired by my background in medieval history and my own Camino experiences – dusty roads, unexpected kindnesses and lots of blisters.
Perhaps I get excited by new projects a little too easily and past random acts of academia include: standalone articles on Irish involvement in the Crusades and Viking Dublin, a book on an Irish language primer written for Queen Elizabeth I of England, a series of studies on the world-famous Book of Kells, and entries in the Encyclopædia Britannica. In addition, I have co-authored articles in areas as varied as the history of time and using Wikipedia as a teaching tool.
I hold a PhD in medieval Irish history and literature from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge (2009), am a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians, and since 2021 a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I have taught and held research positions at the universities of Cambridge, Helsinki, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University. I am currently on a career break from the latter, and working as an English-language assistant in secondary schools in Pamplona, Spain.