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Welcome to the web site of writer, broadcaster and journalist Damien Enright.

Author, feature writer, TV writer-presenter, radio commentator and poet, for more than twenty years he has written a weekly outdoors column in the Irish Examiner. His most recent book is The Kindness of Place (Gill & Macmillan 2011) a follow up to A Place Near Heaven (Gill & Macmillan 2004) his widely-acclaimed book on West Cork.

Other works include a memoir published in 2010 (Liberties Press), Scenic Walks in West Cork, (Collins Press) published in 2011, eight walking commentaries on Kerry and West Cork and its offshore islands, travel writing for Irish and overseas magazines and poetry published in Poetry Ireland Review, etc. He has also written and presented television programmes for RTÉ, including the well-regarded three-part series Enright’s Way.

With happy childhood memories of west Cork, he returned there with his family in 1989 after spending thirty years overseas. Since then, it has been his permanent home.

“ Sometimes, on bright mornings, as we walk the strand, I see myself back in a city, watching a couple on TV, with a dog and nothing but the birds, the surf and the miles of empty sand. I think of how my heart would yearn for that, for the space and clean air.

I think then that we’ve done the right thing. The children have taken values drawn from here, a sense of place and of what is real and unreal. I can’t think of a better start for them, or a happier ending for ourselves. ”

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