For twenty years, Tom Mooney was editor of The Wexford Echo Group of Newspapers in Ireland, for which he was chief reviewer of new jazz recordings and novels. He is also a regular reviewer of books with 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, An Irish Quarterly Review and several Wexford Festival Opera programmes. 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 monographs for visual artists of note: Caroline Ward, Liam O’Rourke and Paddy Lennon.
He is a past winner of Amnesty International and The Law Society of Ireland awards for investigative journalism. He received a Mary Raftery Journalism Bursary in 2013 and his subsequent series of articles about Direct Provision in Ireland received a Certificate of Merit from The Law Society of Ireland in 2014. He was also the guest contributor to the official Wexford Festival Opera programmes for 2013, 2014 and 2017. 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. Recent events included opening Mick Mulcahy’s exhibition at the Pigyard Gallery in March, and a talk at Wexford Co. Library about Irish Poetry and Landscape in April, as part of the Terra Nostra series of lectures. An interview with artist Conor Walton appeared on the Greenacres Art Gallery website in April. Future engagements include a public interview with Gordon Snell, husband of Maeve Binchy, at Wexford Co. Library, on May 15th.