The author Ruairí de Barra hails from the wilds of Tawneyshane, Co. Mayo and now resides in Cobh, Co. Cork.

A dedicated sailor with over two decades of service with an tSeirbhís Chabhlaigh & Óglaigh na hÉireann, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies from CIT, and a Masters of Commerce in Government and Public Policy from UCC.

He is currently a Senior Chief Petty Officer Engine Room Artificer with the Irish Naval Service. As a senior non-commissioned officer, craftsman and marine engineer he has long service both at sea and ashore. He has travelled extensively with the Defence Forces; including service in the southern Mediterranian on the humanitarian rescue mission ‘Operation Pontus’ in 2015 and on the European Naval Forces mission ‘Operation Sophia’ in 2018.

He is an accredited Irish Defence Forces military journalist, and has had articles on many maritime, military, historical and international subjects published.

He is a regular contributor to ‘An Cosantóir’, the Irish Defence Forces magazine and he is the inaugural winner of the An Cosantóir, ‘Gen MJ Costello Award’ for 2017.

His work has also been published in other Defence, Military and Emergency Services publications such as ‘Emergency Services Ireland’ magazine and ‘Contact’ the Australian military magazine.

He has been twice nominated for the European Military Press Association awards, in 2017 of his article ‘Shipshape and Ready for Action’ and in 2018 for his article “Rebuilding Somalia – The Sea is their future’.

His poetry work has been published nationally and internationally.

His work has appeared in publications such as A New Ulster, Tinteán, Live Encounters, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Rantology Anthology, Black Bough Poetry, The Boston Globe, and Boston Accent.

He was shortlisted for the sixth Bangor Poetry Competition as part of the Aspects Festival in September 2018.

He has participated in Ò Bhéal7th Annual Winter Warmer Festival‘ in November 2019, and he was due to read as part of the Munster Literature CentreCork International Poetry Festival 2020‘ in March 2020, however, this was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Well a writer stuck for words, I thought that paper never refused ink! It will be very hard for this paper to end up in the trash, as the cable won’t reach.”

I am a Mayoman lost in Cork and have not been able to find my way out for over twenty years. I love to write and a friend gave me the best advice ever a number of years ago, he said ‘never throw away another word’ I have written, ‘before you at least re-write it’.

So I took this first step to publish just a little on this WordPress page and started from there.

I am eager to learn more, think more, write more, re-write even more and throw away far less.

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