Dublin born Gately was most well known as a member of Boyzone, one of the biggest boy-bands of the 1990's. Sadly at the age of 33 the singer-songwriter and author passed away in October of last year. During his time with Boyzone he achieved 17 top 5 single and 4 number 1 albums. After the band split, Gately continued to advance his singing and acting career including performances on such hit shows as ITV's “Dancing on Ice”.
A Wexford man Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. The multi award winning author is one of Ireland's most prolific writers, Toibin first studied at University College Dublin. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. Earlier this year he was awarded the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award.
Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma was shorted listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for her novel “Room”. She spent the first twenty years of her life in Ireland before moving to Cambridge (England) to pursue a PhD and then onto Ontario in Canada. Named after Jane Austen's novel Emma, as a child she had wanted to become a ballerina. She started writing poetry at an early age and got her first book deal when she was 23.