David Kenny (journalist)

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David Kenny is a journalist, broadcaster, best-selling author[1] and songwriter living in Dublin, Ireland.

He is the host of around-Ireland travel series, Kenny Wild,[2] on Irish TV (Sky 191). The show features Kenny traveling the Wild Atlantic Way, meeting unusual people and taking part in various challenges outside of his comfort zone (coasteering, dancing in a Riverdance-style show, and playing Gaelic football).

He was a weekly columnist on RTÉ's The Daily Show and TV3's Morning Show with Sybil and Martin for several seasons (both now finished airing) and is a regular contributor to documentaries and discussions on Irish television and radio.[3][4][5]

His books include: The Trib: Highlights from the Sunday Tribune 2005-2011, The Little Buke of Dublin: Or, How to Be a Real Dub, Erindipity The Irish Miscellany,[6] and Erindipity Rides Again.[7] The latter two are books that feature humorous essays about little-known Irish historical facts.

Kenny was originator and compiler of the 'Trib' series which was launched in mid-July 2011. The Trib: Highlights from the Sunday Tribune, Vol I[8] is a collection of articles chosen by the newspaper's writers.[9]

He was also author and co-originator of the Inish Turk Beg Brilliant Irish Series which was released globally in January 2011 by Warner Music. The Brilliant Irish Series is a book and CD set charting the history of Ireland's traditional instruments. The first installment, The Brilliant Irish Flute, features The Lord of the Rings soloist, Alan Doherty and is produced by composer and Kíla member, Lance Hogan.[10] It also contains written contributions from Jim Kerr, Matt Molloy, Barry Devlin, Moya Brennan and Kevin Godley.[11]

In 2014, he co-wrote "Anni's Lullaby", the theme song of Italian-Irish thriller film House of Shadows with Hogan.[12]

In 2011, Kenny hosted UNESCO City of Literature's inaugural Great Writing, Great Places event in the Deanery of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, with author Brian Keenan and the former governor of Mountjoy Jail, John Lonergan.[13] He has hosted Dublin City's Libraries Readers Day since 2011 and is a regular interviewer/MC at Waterford, Dublin and Dalkey Book Festivals.

Kenny has worked in various writing and senior editorial roles[citation needed] for The Irish Press, The XPress, Evening Press, Evening News, RTÉ television news and Independent Newspapers.[14] He was Acting Deputy Editor of the Evening Herald from 2005 to 2007,[citation needed] before joining the Sunday Tribune[15] as Associate Editor and news opinion columnist.

He writes news, lifestyle and opinion-based features for the Irish Examiner [16] and the Sunday Independent newspapers.[17]


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