For twenty years, Tom Mooney was editor of The Wexford Echo Group of Newspapers in Ireland, for which he was also chief arts reviewer. He has also reviewed books for The Sunday Times and The Irish Examiner. He is the author of All The Bishops’ Men (published by The Collins Press in 2012) and two volumes of poetry: With This or Upon This (2007) and Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams (2014), and he also contributed to the anthology, Red Lamp, Black Piano (2013), Studies and An Irish Quarterly Review. He has conducted public interviews with writers – Colm Toibin, Billy Roche, Peter Murphy, Marita Conlon McKenna – on behalf of Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Co. Library Service. He has written many catalogue essays for visual artists of note: Caroline Ward, Liam O’Rourke, David Begley and Paddy Lennon and several gallery profiles: Neil Shawcross, Conor Walton, Sonja Landweer.
He is a past winner of Amnesty International and The Law Society of Ireland awards for journalism. He received a Mary Raftery Journalism Bursary in 2013 and his subsequent series of articles about Direct Provision in Ireland were published. He was also the guest contributor to the official Wexford Festival Opera programmes for 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019. A recipient of a second Mary Raftery Journalism Bursary in 2016, he was a speaker at the Kennedy Summer School in 2016. For an investigation into the role of the coroner’s court, Tom won the 2017 Justice Media Award for the regional press in Ireland. He presented a journalism workshop at the Write By the Sea Festival in 2017. Events in 2018 included a lecture on the subject of Irish Poetry and Landscape, as part of the Terra Nostra series of lectures. Tom guested at Write by the Sea and Ouistreham et du Cinéma Cabieu in Normandy in September 2019 and is a judge of the Write By the Sea poetry competition 2020. He curated Wex-Art, a festival of professional artists in 2019 and programmed the first Wexford festival of art and music for October 2020. He will also programme the 2021 edition of the Wexford festival of art and music in October and is editing an anthology of writing in response to Covid 19, Caesura. Also in 2021, Tom will co-ordinate Poetry Town for Poetry Ireland, will programme Jazz at Johnstown and curate two exhibitions at Wexford Co. Library and the National Opera House. He will interview novelist Douglas Kennedy for the Write by the Sea festival.