Dan Mooney is an Irish author, screenwriter, rugby commentator, and air traffic controller from Limerick City. His debut novel, Me Myself and Them (2017), won the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award in London. The second, The Great Unexpected (2019), was translated into Spanish, Catalan, Czech, German, and Chinese. It was longlisted for the Not The Booker Prize Award.
Dan Mooney was born in County Meath, Ireland. He wrote his first fiction for a child-operated local newspaper at age ten and has been writing non-stop ever since.
While studying English and Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College, Dan was appointed editor of the college newspaper, The Lip, and shortlisted for an Oxygen Student Media award. After earning his degree, he continued to work as a broadcast journalist for several radio stations.
Dan published his first novel at 33. Legend Press published Dan Mooney's debut, Me, Myself and Them, only in 2017. The book has been well-received and translated into multiple languages. It is often described as a moving and thought-provoking work and explores mental health issues and aging.
His second novel, he Great Unexpected, was even more successful. In this charming story, the nerd and his eccentric new roommate team up to plan an epic escape.
In addition to writing novels, Dan has written two short plays, one performed at Dolan’s Warehouse, and the second recorded and acted for The Belltable in 2020.
He has also written a screen short called The Apparel, which was produced as part of a 2014 City of Culture project and screened on RTE.
Dan Mooney lives in Limerick City with his wife, Christine.