Paul Howard (journalist)

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Paul Howard (born 1971 in London) is a journalist with The Irish Times on Saturday. Howard is best known as the author of the paper's Ross O'Carroll-Kelly columns. In addition, he has written a series of books about the character of Ross, a wealthy, rugby union-playing resident of Foxrock in South Dublin. The inspiration for the columns first came from a nonfiction article Howard was researching on Leinster schools rugby. The information he had gathered on the social activities engaged in by the young rugby players was unprintable for legal reasons; instead, Howard decided to use the material to inspire a set of characters (including Ross) attending the fictional school of "Castlerock".

He is the author of two plays – The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger in 2007 and Between Foxrock and a Hard Place in 2010 – as well as the hugely successful 2012 puppet-based Anglo the Musical.

His first non-Ross-related venture into fiction – Triggs – The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog – was a number one bestseller in 2012.

He is a two-time Irish Book Award winner, collecting the Best Popular Fiction prize in 2007 for Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade and in 2010 for The Oh My God Delusion (both part of the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series).

He has also written comedy for radio and television and was part of the writing team for two RTÉ comedy sketch shows in the autumn of 2012, Irish Pictorial Weekly and The Mario Rosenstock Show.

Howard worked for sixteen years as a journalist, mostly for The Sunday Tribune, first in news and later as one of Ireland’s most respected sportswriters, covering two Olympics, a World Cup and numerous major sporting events. He was named Sports Journalist of the Year in the 1998 Irish Media Awards for an investigation into eating disorders among Irish athletes and an interview with the disgraced former sprinter, Ben Johnson. He was also shortlisted for the award in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He used to be the chief sportswriter for the Sunday Tribune.

He has written several nonfiction books, including The Joy, an account of life in Mountjoy Prison, The Gaffers: Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team they Built, an account of the McCarthy–Keane clash during the run-up to the 2002 World Cup. He also co-authored Steve Collins' "autobiography", Celtic Warrior.

Howard has appeared on the popular RTÉ Two shows The Panel, ID2 and more recently, The Cafe. He also featured on The Afternoon Show on Leaving Cert Memory Lane on Countdown to 606 on 2fm on Thursday 7 June 2007.

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