Colm Keane

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Colm Keane
Colm Keane - Author.jpg
BornYoughal, County Cork
OccupationAuthor, broadcaster, journalist
NationalityIrish
EducationB.A. (Mod.), M.A., M.A.
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin; Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Colm Keane is an Irish author, broadcaster and journalist who has published 28 books,[1] including eight No.1 Irish best-sellers.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Keane was born in Youghal, County Cork, in 1951.[10][11] He attended Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated with a B.A. Mod., M.A. in Economics and Political Science.[12][13] Further postgraduate studies were undertaken at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., where he received an M.A. in Economics.[14]

Keane joined the Irish national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, in 1977, where he initially worked as a television journalist.[15] He co-presented the weekly investigative series Public Account with Pat Kenny,[16][17] and he worked as a reporter on the current affairs programme Today Tonight.[18] While in television, Keane won a Glaxo Fellowship for European Science Writers for his scripting and presentation of the science series A Future in Mind.[19] [20]

In the early 1980s, Keane moved to RTÉ Radio 1, where he worked as a reporter, presenter, producer and series producer.[21] He won a Jacob's Award in 1988 for American Profiles, which featured a visit to a prison death row in Texas, a profile of an Auschwitz survivor living in New York and a feature documentary on NASA astronaut James Irwin.[22]

As a radio producer, Keane compiled and presented documentaries based on interviews with musical figures including Burt Bacharach, Cat Stevens, Davy Jones of the Monkees, Dave Davies of the Kinks, Chubby Checker, Engelbert Humperdinck, Pete Seeger, Val Doonican, Glen Campbell, Neil Sedaka and more than 140 other performers and musicians.[23]

Among his documentary subjects was former Manchester United footballer George Best.[24][25] He also produced and presented A Belfast Game, profiling the Troubles in Northern Ireland through the experiences of the Ardoyne Kickhams Under-16 football team. A Belfast Game would later inspire the Andrew Lloyd Webber West End theatre production, The Beautiful Game.[26]

Colm's radio presentation work included Studio 10, which he co-presented with future President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.[27][28]

Retiring from broadcasting in 2003, Keane embarked on a career as a full-time author. He was responsible for the Irish national best-sellers Going Home (No.1),[29] We'll Meet Again (No.1),[30] Heading for the Light (No.1),[31] The Distant Shore and Forewarned. Most of the content of these books was based on research with survivors of near-death experiences.

Keane also wrote three national No.1 best-sellers on the Italian saint Padre PioPadre Pio: The Irish Connection,[32] Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses[33] and Padre Pio: Irish Encounters with the Saint.[8] He published a further No.1 bestseller, co-authored with Una O'Hagan, titled The Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux: The Irish Connection.[34]

Married to former RTÉ newsreader [35][36] Úna O'Hagan,[37] the couple's only son Seán Keane died in 2007.[38] Together, they collaborated on the best-selling book Animal Crackers: Irish Pet Stories, published in June 2016.[39] Their most recent co-written book is The Village of Bernadette: Lourdes, Stories, Miracles and Cures - The Irish Connection, published in September 2019.[40]

In 2008, Keane set up the publishing company Capel Island Press.[41] The company's first book was written by Colm and called The Beatles Irish Concerts.[42] Since its inception, Capel Island Press has published six No.1 best-sellers.[43][44][45][46][34][8]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Village of Bernadette: Lourdes, Stories, Miracles and Cures - The Irish Connection, Capel Island 2019
  • The Little Flower, St.Thérèse of Lisieux: The Irish Connection, Capel Island 2018
  • Padre Pio: Irish Encounters with the Saint, Capel Island, 2017
  • Animal Crackers: Irish Pet Stories, Capel Island, 2016
  • Heading for the Light, Capel Island, 2014
  • Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses, Capel Island, 2013
  • We'll Meet Again, Capel Island, 2013
  • Forewarned, Capel Island, 2011
  • The Distant Shore, Capel Island, 2010
  • Going Home, Capel Island, 2009
  • The Beatles Irish Concerts, Capel Island, 2008
  • Padre Pio: The Irish Connection, Mainstream, 2007
  • Ireland's Soccer Top 20, Mainstream, 2004
  • Gaelic Football's Top 20, Mainstream, 2003
  • Hurling's Top 20, Mainstream, 2002
  • A Cut above the Rest, Town House, 1999
  • The ABC of Bullying (with Marie Murray), Mercier, 1998
  • The Teenage Years (with Marie Murray), Mercier, 1997
  • The Stress File, Blackwater, 1997
  • Death & Dying, Mercier, 1995
  • Nervous Breakdown, Mercier, 1994
  • The Jobs Crisis, Mercier, 1993
  • Mental Health in Ireland, Gill and Macmillan, 1991

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orpen, Joy. "I lost my beloved son to cancer and then faced it myself". The Irish Independent. Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Heading for the Light" (Irish Times 6 December 2014). Nielsen Book Research.
  3. ^ "Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses" (Irish Times 28 September 2013). Nielsen Bookscan.
  4. ^ "We'll Meet Again" (Irish Times 30 March 2013). Nielsen Bookscan.
  5. ^ "Going Home" (Irish Times 24 October 2009). Nielsen Bookscan.
  6. ^ "Padre Pio – The Irish Connection" (Irish Times 27 October 2007). Nielsen Bookscan.
  7. ^ "Nervous Breakdown" (Irish Times 16 April 1994). Book Sellers Association Irish Branch.
  8. ^ a b c Writing.ie. Editor Vanessa O'Loughlin. "Irish Bestsellers 30th September 2017". Writing.ie. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  9. ^ Writing.ie. Writer Rebecca Brown. "Irish Bestsellers 29th September 2018". Writing.ie. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.colmkeane.com
  11. ^ "Youghal author 'Going Home' for book signing". youghalonline.com. Youghalonline.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  12. ^ Dublin University Calendar 1974-5. p. 674.
  13. ^ Dublin University (Trinity College) Graduate Records. 6 July 1990.
  14. ^ Georgetown University Graduate Records. 29 August 1975.
  15. ^ "RTE crew outside Kerry Co-op, Listowel". rte.ie/archives/. Stills Library – RTÉ Archives. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  16. ^ RTÉ Guide. 5 March 1982. pp. Front, 12.
  17. ^ "'Public Account' production team (1981)". rte.ie/archives/. Stills Library – RTÉ Archives. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  18. ^ Today Tonight, season 1980–81. RTÉ Television Archives: RTÉ.
  19. ^ "Technology Ireland". August 1981: 7. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  20. ^ O'Connor, John. "Where do we go when we die?". munster-express.ie. The Munster Express. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  21. ^ "RTE Radio producer Colm Keane". rte.ie/archives/. Stills Library – RTÉ Archive. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  22. ^ "RTE Radio Archives 1 August 1987, 8 August 1987, 25 July 1987".
  23. ^ RTE Radio Archives 28 August 1997, 17 March 1999, 4 April 2002, 28 October 1996, 12 June 1997, 17 March 1998, September 1998 (3-part series), 18 March 1996, 7 August 2000, 28 December 1998.
  24. ^ "The George Best Story". RTÉ Radio Archives. 5 November 1984.
  25. ^ George Best, A Cut above the Rest. RTÉ Radio Archives. 24 September 2000.
  26. ^ Keane, Fergal. "The tragedy, hopes and fears behind the beautiful game". The Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  27. ^ McCarthy, Justine (1999). Mary McAleese : the outsider : an unauthorised biography. Dublin: Blackwater Press. pp. 26, 64. ISBN 978-1841314419.
  28. ^ Mánais, Ray Mac (2004). The road from Ardoyne : the making of a president. Dingle [u.a.]: Brandon [u.a.] pp. 169, 198. ISBN 978-0863223334.
  29. ^ "Going Home" (Irish Times 24 October 2009). Nielsen Bookscan.
  30. ^ "We'll Meet Again" (Irish Times 30 March 2013). Nielsen Bookscan.
  31. ^ "Heading for the Light" (Irish Times 6 December 2014). Nielsen Book Research.
  32. ^ "Padre Pio: The Irish Connection" (Irish Times 27 October 2007). Nielsen Bookscan.
  33. ^ "Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses" (Irish Times 28 September 2013). Nielsen Bookscan.
  34. ^ a b Writing.ie. Writer Rebecca Brown. "Irish Bestsellers 29th September 2018". Writing.ie. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  35. ^ https://www.colmkeane.com
  36. ^ https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/legendary-anchor-una-ohagan-announces-shes-leaving-rte-news-36564541.html
  37. ^ "Colm Keane, Una O'Hagan and Sean". rte.ie/archives/. Stills Library – RTÉ Archives.
  38. ^ "Sadness at death of Sean". The Irish Independent. The Bray People. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  39. ^ "Colm Keane – Animal Crackers Irish Pet Stories". colmkeane.com. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  40. ^ https://www.knockshrine.ie/book-signing-with-authors-colm-keane-una-ohagan/
  41. ^ "Capel Island Press Ltd". companiesireland.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  42. ^ "The Night Dublin Rocked The Beatles". The Irish Independent. Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  43. ^ "Heading for the Light" (Irish Times 6 December 2014). Nielsen Book Research.
  44. ^ "Padre Pio:The Scent of Roses" (Irish Times 28 September 2013). Nielsen Bookscan.
  45. ^ "We'll Meet Again" (Irish Times 30 March 2013). Nielsen Bookscan.
  46. ^ "Going Home" (Irish Times 24 October 2009). Nielsen Bookscan.