Tom Mooney is a journalist, and for twenty years was editor of The Wexford Echo Group of Newspapers in Ireland, for which he was also chief reviewer of new jazz recordings and novels. He has reviewed books for The Sunday Times and The Irish Examiner. He is the author of All The Bishops’ Men (published by The Collins Press in 2012) and 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 and An Irish Quarterly Review.
He has conducted public interviews with writers Colm Tóibin, Billy Roche, Peter Murphy and Marita Conlon McKenna on behalf of Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Library Service and with Vincent Hogan for Write By The Sea 2019. He has written many monographs for visual artists of note, including Caroline Ward, Liam O’Rourke and Paddy Lennon.
Tom 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 were published. 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 that year. For an investigation into the role of the coroner’s court, Tom won the 2017 Justice Media Award for the regional press in Ireland.