Kevin Myers Journalist
Kevin Myers was born in Leicester to an Irish family. After leaving Ratcliffe College Leicestershire, he studied history at University College Dublin. Never having had an ambition to be a journalist, he became one by accident, getting a job in a small current affairs magazine which soon folded. This, however, put him on the trail. In 1971, he was appointed to the Belfast staff of RTE newsroom, where he covered the troubles. He left RTE in 1972 and went freelance, working for ‘The Observer’ and NBC Radio amongst others. Returning to Dublin, he started to work with ‘The Irish Times’, and in 1981 began his full time career as a columnist. He wrote An Irishman’s Diary for 25 years before going to The Irish Independent and later The Sunday Times. He has had four books published, and has considerable experience as a radio and television broadcaster, but his proudest achievement is the now general recognition of the service of Irishmen during the Great War, about whom he has written extensively from 1978 onwards.