Ronan O’Driscoll

BIOGRAPHY
Originally from the West of Ireland, Ronan O’Driscoll moved to Chicago as a teenager in the 1980s. He returned to Ireland to study at University College Dublin where he graduated with a Masters in English literature. Ronan has travelled a good deal in Europe, America, Japan and Canada. He has found Irish music an important way to keep connected with his roots, and plays fiddle as a hobby. It was through learning tunes that he came to know of Francis O’Neill’s compelling life story and decided it should be popularized as a novel: Chief O’Neill.

Ronan currently lives in Halifax with his wife and family. He has written another novel, Poor Farm, about the experience of an autistic boy on a 19th-century Nova Scotia poor farm. Both his works of historical fiction are carefully researched stories from the past, focused on topics relevant and compelling for today’s readers.

Ronan is currently a senior software engineer at Wattpad, as well as having been an educator in Computer Programming at the Nova Scotia Community College.

PUBLICATIONS

Ronan has written for a number of periodicals, print and online.

See the following links or further details on either of his books, as well as related articles and reviews:

Poor Farm: https://poor.farm/

Chief O’Neill: https://chiefoneill.com/


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