Childrens writer; The Peacemakers of Niemba (Browne &
Nolan 1966), an account of the congo ambush of 1960 in whic 9 Irish soldiers
in the UN force were killed; turned to childrens titles with The
Legend of the Golden Key, and The Legend of the Phantom Highwayman,
historical novels both published in abridged form by newly founded Childrens
Press in 1983; The Children of the Forge, and The Legend of
the Corrib King, all being reissued in full texts in 1989; also wrote
series on the survival of foxes, beginning with Run with the Wind
(Dublin: Wolfhound 1983; 1984, pb. 1985; rep. 1985, 1986), winner of Childrens
Book Award, 1985; Swed. and Ger. trans. followed; Run to Earth
(1984, pb. 1986), Swed. trans.; Run Swift, Run Free (1986); Run
to the Ark (1991); Run Wild to the Wild Wood (1996); publishes a Run
Wild Diary for children since 1992; also In Search of the Liberty
Tree (Dublin: Anvil 1994), on Rebellion of 1798; Rainbows of the
Moon (Anvil 1984), deals with a find of explosives in a model boat.
See interview in Books Ireland (Oct. 1996), pp.265-66.