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.




Jean Hanney
Education Coordinator




Emmy Lugoye
IT Administrator




Sara Bennett




Seán Love
Co-Founder & Executive Director



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