I grew up in Ballyfermot, West Dublin, and for almost forty years I've lived in Rialto, in the South West inner city. I qualified as a social worker in Trinity College in 1980, where later I also completed an M Litt  and a PhD.  Before college, and since graduating,  I worked in youthwork, community development and social services, with a portfolio in practice, management, research and third-level lecturing. I am currently coordinator of a Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force. I live with my partner Pat Tobin, who is a community trainer and organisational consultant with CAN, and with our two adult children, Chelsea and Leeroy. For relaxation I write, and I occasionally edit videos for family and friends and I also spend a lot of time on the Hook Peninsula in Wexford.

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