About

Dave Kenny

* PLEASE NOTE: I DON’T REPLY TO ANONYMOUS COMMENTS *

I’ve been a journalist and broadcaster for 30 years and have written and edited for the Irish Press Group, the Evening Herald (Deputy Editor), Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, The (defunct) Evening News and XPress, RTÉ TV News, the Sunday Tribune (Associate Editor), The Irish Examiner, the Irish Daily Mail, the Irish Times, and Sunday Times.

I’m the host of around-Ireland travel series, Kenny Wild, on Irish TV (Sky 191). The show features me traveling the Wild Atlantic Way, meeting unusual people and taking part in various challenges outside of my comfort zone (coasteering, dancing in a Riverdance-style show, and playing Gaelic football etc).

I was a weekly columnist on RTÉ’s The Daily Show and TV3’s Morning Show with Sybil and Martin for several seasons (both now finished airing) and  I’m a regular contributor to documentaries and discussions on Irish television and radio.

My (best-selling) books include: The Little Buke of Dublin: Or, How to Be a Real Dub, Erindipity The Irish Miscellany, and Erindipity Rides Again. The latter two are books that feature humorous essays about little-known Irish historical facts.

I’m the editor and originator of The Press Gang, Tales from the Glory Days of Irish Newspapers (New Island Books). Press Gang features, for the first time, fifty-five former Irish Press writers and editors celebrating the paper’s glory days, from the 1950s to its closure in May 1995. (I was one of the hacks who occupied the Press building.)

I was also the originator and compiler of The Trib which was launched in mid-July 2011. The Trib: Highlights from the Sunday Tribune, Vol I is a collection of articles chosen by the newspaper’s writers. 

I’m also author and co-originator – with Suzanne Doyle and Lance Hogan – of the Inish Turk Beg Brilliant Irish Series which was released globally in January 2011 by Warner Music. The Brilliant Irish Series is a book and CD set charting the history of Ireland’s traditional instruments. The first installment, The Brilliant Irish Flute, features The Lord of the Rings soloist, Alan Doherty and is produced by composer and former Kíla member, Hogan. It also contains written contributions from Jim Kerr, Matt Molloy, Barry Devlin, Moya Brennan and Kevin Godley.

In 2014, I co-wrote “Anni’s Lullaby”, the theme song of Italian-Irish thriller film House of Shadows with Hogan.

My latest book is The Splendid Years: The Lost Memoirs of an Abbey Actress and 1916 Rebel, by Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh and Edward Kenny (edited by David Kenny). The latter pair are my grandaunt and father, respectively.

In 2011, I  hosted UNESCO City of Literature’s inaugural Great Writing, Great Places event in the Deanery of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, with author Brian Keenan and the former governor of Mountjoy Jail, John Lonergan. I’ve hosted Dublin City’s Libraries Readers Day since 2011 and am a regular interviewer/MC at Waterford, Dublin and Dalkey Book Festivals.

I also write for kids and am currently developing a 52-part animation series for 7 to 9-year-olds. I also dabble in poetry and I’m a multi-instrumentalist musician. I’m currently teaching myself the traditional Flemish blaaarge and the Armenian nose-flute. I’m the only person ever to have done cabaret in McDonald’s for £10 and a Big Mac.

Email me at dave@davekenny.com

http://www.twitter.com/davekenny
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kenny

* PLEASE NOTE: I DON’T REPLY TO ANONYMOUS COMMENTATORS OR PUBLISH THEIR THOUGHTS. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, THEN IDENTIFY YOURSELF.  ‘TROLLING’ IS FOR SPINELESS, GUTLESS, SNIVELLING LITTLE COWARDS *

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Mr Kenny, on April 19th 2012, you wrote
    “Cheers Rory. Phil Hickey was a real character and a man of great erudition. He’s still remembered with fondness about the town.”
    Would this Phil Hickey also be known as “The Head”?
    If so i have a coincidental anecdote that may be of interest to Dalkey locals dating back to 1980 and before.
    sincerely, David Pines.

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