About Us


Fighting Words is an Irish registered company limited by guarantee without a share capital. Company No. 437119. with full charitable status CHY 18262.
Our registered office is Molyneux House, Bride Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. Our headquarters is at Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

What We Do

Fighting Words provides free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts to as many children, young adults and adults with special needs as we can reach. Our programmes and workshops are delivered mainly by volunteer writing tutors.

94% of our funding comes from private individuals and institutions. Our operations are not state funded. We do receive grant aid for some of our publications from the Arts Council and the Dublin City Council Arts Office.

Roddy Doyle, Co-Founder and Chairman.

Roddy Doyle is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the novels, THE COMMITMENTS and PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA, for which he won the Booker Prize. He has also written seven books for children, including THE GIGGLER TREATMENT and, most recently, BRILLIANT.  He has written for TV, big screen and stage.  His stage adaptation of THE COMMITMENTS is currently running in the London West End.  He lives and works in Dublin.


Tony Traybor

Tony Traynor is Managing Director of a multi-national investment fund. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has over 30 years’ experience in financial reporting, corporate governance and risk management.



John Sutton

John Sutton is a founder member and co-owner of Persuasion Republic. He is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading experts in strategic communications and campaigning for non-profit organisations. John has also worked extensively in the cultural sector. He was a founding member and managing director of The Passion Machine theatre company, King Farouk Publishing, the SFX Centre and Amnesty Education. He also works with the writer Roddy Doyle, the photographer Derek Speirs and the artist/teacher Jole Bortoli.


Jennifer Caldwell
Jennifer Caldwell is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience of corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs, joint ventures and debt and equity financing. She was a joint managing partner of Maples and Calder’s Dublin office and until she retired from practise at the end of 2010 she was head of corporate in the Dublin office. She sat on the Board of Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited from January 2011 until the end of 2015 and she currently sits on the board of Irish National Opera.



Gordon Snell
Gordon Snell is a writer and broadcaster, and the author of more than forty books for children and adults, published in Ireland, the UK, Canada, the USA and Australia. He also writes song lyrics, musicals and opera librettos for the theatre, and for BBC and RTE radio and television. He lives in Dalkey, the home town of his late wife, Maeve Binchy.  They were both very proud to be asked by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love to be among the founding members of Fighting Words.



Dearbhail McDonald
Dearbhail McDonald is Group Business Editor of Independent News and Media (INM plc).  A global Eisenhower Fellow, the journalist, author and broadcaster is the 2017 recipient of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media.  Earlier this year Dearbhail received an inaugural alumni Special Achievement award from Dublin City University and is Irish Tatler’s Media Woman of the Year. Dearbhail is a director of the St Stephen's Green Trust.  A member of the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law, she also serves on the board of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett and Lughnasa International Friel Festivals.


Alan Gilsenan
Alan Gilsenan is an Irish film-maker, writer and theatre director.  His many films include The Road To God Knows Where, The Ghost of Roger Casement, Timbuktu, Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay, A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats, the social documentary series The Asylum, The Hospice, The Home, I See A Darkness and, most recently, the feature films Unless and Meetings with Ivor.  He is a former Chairman of the Irish Film Institute and has also been a board member of both the Irish Film Board and RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster.



Sheila O'Flanagan
Sheila O'Flanagan had a successful career in the financial services industry, including time at the Central Bank of Ireland and a number of international banks, before becoming a full time author. In a voluntary capacity, she was also the financial director of Badminton Ireland and led the strategic planning team which completed the transition from a sports union to a limited company. She was invited onto the board of Sport Ireland where she served as a director for 5 years and she remains a member of the Sport Ireland research committee. Sheila has written 22 novels and 3 short story collections for adults as well as 2 books for children. She has also contributed novellas to the Quick Reads and Open Door series. She advocates for women in business as well as being passionate about children's opportunities for creative writing.





Jean Hanney
Education Coordinator




Emmy Lugoye
IT Administrator




Sara Bennett




Seán Love
Co-Founder & Executive Director



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