Writing

GCN Magazine

GCN is the Irish LGBT community magazine and since 2001 I have had a monthly column of lighthearted interviews with celebrities or humorous commentaries on politics and popular culture.

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Irish Daily Star Sunday

For several years, I wrote a weekly satirical column Bitch Slap for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, which discussed the week’s news from the perspective of an Irish gay man.


Selected columns and celebrity interviews

Travel

Valencia

A LGBT travel guide to Valencia, originally printed in GCN, 2012.

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Madrid Pride

A travel guide to Madrid Pride, originally printed in GCN, 2010.

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Opinion and Features

Love on a Mountaintop

How the mayor of a small mountain town in rural Spain led the march on Same-Sex marriage and restored his town’s finances at the same time.

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The Enemy Within

An opinion piece about how dating apps are revealing the latent prejudices within the gay community that are causing harm.

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That’s How You Know!

2001

When Irish contestant Brian Dowling came out ‘live’ on reality TV show Big Brother a ‘shocked’ nation wondered how to tell if a guy is gay and I was the one to clue them in…

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Celebrity Interviews

Over the years, I have interviewed hundreds of people for various columns and publications. Some of these people have been incredibly famous, others not so much. Some have had impressive careers behind them, some had fleeting careers that were now far behind them and others were just starting out. (And then there were those who were available when I had copy to file but don’t say that to Michelle Visage’s face.)

No matter who they were, they each had something interesting to reveal about the nature of fame and how it drives, seduces, rewards and often cruelly hurts people. Of course, they all deny they are in it for the fame or the money. Some are ‘artists’ or – as in the case of the porn actors – ‘just love sex’. Some of the stories they told me were incredible, especially the ones I couldn’t print. Maybe I’ll share them when everyone concerned is dead.

Some of the varied group of people I have interviewed over the years:

  • Amanda Brunker, Irish novelist & columnist
  • Amanda Lepore, American transgender model & performance artist
  • Anna Nolan, Big Brother OG, TV presenter and producer
  • Anne Doyle, Iconic Irish Newsreader
  • Anne Gildea, comedian
  • Bearforce 1, gay dance music band and creator of viral hit YouTube video
  • Ben Richards, actor
  • Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, TV presenter and producer
  • Boyz II Men, American R&B vocal group (pictured above)
  • Brenda Edwards, X Factor contestant
  • Brendan Courtney, broadcaster, fashion designer
  • Brent Corrigan, porn actor
  • Brian Kennedy, singer
  • B*Witched, Irish girl group
  • Caroline Moraghan, actor
  • Cheyenne Jackson, actor and singer
  • Christopher Biggins, British television actor
  • Ciara O’Callaghan, Fair City
  • Claudia Carroll, writer
  • Colton Ford, porn actor
  • Cormac deBarra, harpist
  • Crystal Swing, Family swing band and internet viral sensation
  • Daithi O Se, TV presenter
  • Danny Miller, English television actor
  • Darren Kennedy, TV presenter and stylist
  • David Hoyle, drag legend and performance artist
  • Deirdre O’Kane, comedian and actress
  • Derek Mooney, broadcaster
  • Dickie Rock, Irish 1960’s singer and sex symbol
  • Donna Summer, Queen of Disco (pictured above)
  • Duke Special, musician
  • Dustin the Turkey, TV star and Eurovision contestant
  • Eleanor McEvoy, singer-songwriter
  • Gala, Italian pop singer
  • Gareth Gates, Pop Idol contestant
  • Gearoid O’Farrelly, comedian
  • Marc Almond, music legend (pictured above)
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy, actor, singer-songwriter
  • Marian Keyes, novelist
  • Maxi, Irish entertainer, radio broadcaster and Eurovision contestant
  • Gloria Estefan, Grammy-winning music legend (pictured above)
  • Hazel Kaneswaran, Irish pop singer and X Factor contestant
  • Hazel O’Connor, Eighties punk icon and singer
  • Helen Dillon, Irish celebrity gardener
  • Hometown, Irish pop group
  • Jackie Clune, English actor, singer and comedian
  • Janet Devlin, X Factor contestant
  • Jennifer Maguire Zamperelli, The Apprentice
  • Joe McElderry, X Factor Winner
  • John Healy, The Restaurant
  • Johnny Logan, Eurovision Legend
  • Johnny Robinson, Big Brother
  • Johnny Woo, LGBT drag legend
  • Jo O’Meara, S Club 7 (pictured above with S Club 7)
  • Kevin Sacre, Hollyoaks actor
  • Leanne Moore, Irish singer
  • Linda Martin, Eurovision winner
  • Lorraine Keane, TV host
  • Lloyd Daniels, X Factor contestant
  • Maeve Higgins, comedian, actor, podcaster and writer
  • Margo, Irish Country singer
  • Marilyn, Eighties icon and “Gender Bender” popstar
  • Mario Rosenstock, comedian and impressionist
  • Marty Whelan, Irish broadcasting legend
  • Mary Byrne, X Factor
  • Mary Coughlan, singer
  • Michelle Visage, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge (pictured above)
  • Mickey Joe Harte, Eurovision contestant
  • Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision winner
  • Nile Rodgers, legendary music producer and musician (pictured above)
  • Panagiotis Zambetakis, The Apprentice
  • Panti Bliss, Irish drag royalty and activist
  • Pasha Kovalev, Strictly professional dancer
  • Pam Ann, Queen of the Skies
  • Paul Cattermole, S Club 7 (pictured above with S Club 7)
  • Peter Andre, pop singer and reality TV star
  • Rebecca Dent, musical theatre actor
  • Rebecca Storm, Irish musical theatre legend
  • Sean Munsanje, TV presenter
  • Sean Paul Lockhart, porn actor
  • Shane Filan, Westlife (pictured above)
  • Simply Barbra, drag impressionist
  • Sonya Lennon, fashion designer, stylist and TV presenter
  • The Nualas, music comedy trio
  • The Rubberbandits, Irish comedy hip-hop duo
  • Tommy Steele, singer, film actor and Britain’s first Teen Idol (pictured above)
  • Twink, icon of Irish entertainment
  • Weddings By Franc, TV wedding planner