Paul Howard – Writer
Paul Howard is a multi-award-winning journalist, author, playwright and comedy writer. He is best known as the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of sixteen novels, which have collectively sold more than one million copies in Ireland.
He is also the author of three hugely successful Ross O’Carroll-Kelly plays, including The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger in 2007, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place in 2010 and Breaking Dad in 2014, all of which enjoyed long sell-out runs and remounts in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
In 2012, he wrote the script and the song lyrics for Anglo the Musical, a puppet-based musical comedy about the collapse of Ireland’s banks.
He is a former Irish Sports Journalist of the Year, an Irish Newspaper Columnist of the Year and a four-time Irish Book Award winner. He collected the Best Popular Fiction prize for the Ross novels Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade in 2007, The Oh My God Delusion in 2010 and Downturn Abbey in 2013. Most recently, he won the Best Non-Fiction Award for I Read the News Today, Oh Boy, his biography of the Guinness heir and Beatles muse, Tara Browne, which was published in 2016.
His satirical football memoir, Triggs – The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog, was a number one bestseller in 2012.
He has written comedy for radio and television and was one of the main sketch writers on the twice IFTA-nominated satirical TV show Irish Pictorial Weekly, in which he also appeared as David Drumm and Peter Darragh Quinn. He has also written sketches for The Mario Rosenstock Show.
In 2014, he was commissioned by US network E! to write a pilot for a sitcom he devised called The Cliterati.