Irish PEN welcomes Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin as Chair.

Writing.ieVanessa Fox O’Loughlin: Chair

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin runs The Inkwell Group, Ireland’s leading publishing consultancy and is a literary scout for leading agents in Ireland and the UK. Vanessa is the founder Ireland’s online writing resources magazine She has compiled various charity anthologies and in her own right writes crime fiction as bestselling author Sam Blake. She is represented by Simon Trewin at WME.

Irish PEN is a voluntary committee and we endeavour to reply to you as quickly as possible. If your enquiry is urgent, please contact me directly:

p hanrattyPaidraig Hanratty: Membership secretary

Author of Talking Squirrel Blues, editor and founder of Quip Editing Solutions Padraig Hanratty is a vital member of the PEN team. Contact him at

A copy-editor, proofreader, writer, rewriter, Pardaig is a member of the Association of Freelance Proof Readers, Edtiors and  and Indexers.

Timmy CTimmy Conway: Treasurer

Timmy has an Accountancy practice in Naas with his two brothers Donie and Chris.Timmy is also an extremely talented writer who has published six Poetry books, along with a Christmas CD and three novels. He lives with his wife Catherine and their five children at Thomastown, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. His books include, Five North Main Street, Comrade Tom, Mam and The Game of Politics.

fr_hj_gaughan1J Anthony Gaughan; President
J Anthony Gaughan, PhD, D.Litt, is a parish priest, writer and historian. He has published 27 books across  a wide range of subjects. His most recent publication is;The Archbishops, Bishops and Priests of the Archdiocese of Dublin; 1900-2011.

His website is



Membership is €40 a year for full members, and €30 a year for associate members.
For full membership, please list titles of published books, plays staged or broadcast, scripts, contributions to periodicals and other relevant details in an email to Membership secretary Padraig Hanratty

Associate membership is open to all who have an interest in writing but have not yet been fully published, those attending creative writing classes and members of writing groups etc.


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