I write historical novels based on real events in 18th century Ireland. My apprenticeship in writing commenced at University College Dublin where I edited an engineering magazine, "The Anvil." Afflicted with wanderlust, I travelled west to Ohio State and MIT to continue my studies to master's and doctoral level. While in Boston, my interest in history unfolded through participation in the Committee for Justice in Northern Ireland and in the anti-Vietnam war movement. On return to Ireland, I honed my writing skills, publishing scientific papers as well as writing on food-related issues in the popular media.
Following a career in Biosystems Engineering at UCD, I renewed my historical interest by studying "The genealogy of the Anglo-Norman Lynches who settled in Galway," an extract of which was published in the Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society in 2010 (see note below). The consequent discovery of a treasure-trove of Irish stories inspired me to write "Spellbound by Sibella", published by Club Lighthouse CLP, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in August 2013. Critiques from a writer's group, The Corner Table, of which I am a founding member, guide my writing.
More recently, I have explored the enduring theme of rebel romance in a novella featuring the fictional romance of Cecilia Lynch and John Moore based on an expanded extract from the aforesaid historical novel. Cecilia Lynch was the illegitimate daughter of Sibella Cottle and Sir Harry Lynch-Blosse, 7th Baronet of Balla, County Mayo, Ireland. "A Rebel Romance" was a semi-finalist in the 2013 William Faulkner Novella Competition.
Born in Galway and raised in Mayo, I now live in Dublin with my wife, Treasa Ní Chonaola of Lettermullen, Co Galway. We have three children, Dara, Nora and Meabh, and a grandchild, Lily Marie. I derive inspiration from the wild splendour of Connemara and Mayo. My website address is http://paul-mcnulty.com/.
Note: I have published the full text of my family history research: "The genealogy of the Anglo-Norman Lynches who settled in Galway," with CreateSpace on Amazon in October 2013.