Derek is a writer and historian, originally from Dublin City. His career background is in transport and logistics and is particularly applicable to the Dublin area. He is a lifelong historian and has in recent years combined his intimate knowledge of Dublin’s streets with his grasp of history to co-write what has been described as the most gripping account of the Easter Rising yet written. Both Derek and his co-author Darren Kelly are currently working on a series of books which approach Dublin’s revolutionary history in a similarly vivid manner.
He is married and has two children. He is a wealth of knowledge on the events of the 1916 Rising and his energetic and gregarious presentations of the same subject matter have attracted huge interest in the topic.
Should we fear democracy?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student