Our Authors

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Born on 9th May 1988, Sean Smyth lived in Loughinisland with his parents Adrian and Christine and younger brother Philip until June 1997 before the family moved to Downpatrick.
 In March 1998, Sean’s life took a turn when he was knocked down as he was crossing the road, suffering a serious head injury and left paralysed, but forces enabled him to return to Primary 7 in Loughinisland after discharge in August and he transferred to St Colmcille’s High School in Crossgar the following year. Hospitalised for a four-month period in his final GCSE year, Sean sat only two of his GCSEs and transferred to St Malachy’s High School in Castlewellan to achieve his Maths and English as well as a GNVQ in Business to boost his GCSE grades. Unsatisfactory grades in the ICT and Double Business A-Levels that followed led him to sit a HND in Computing, before enrolling to a Computer Science degree in Queen’s University Belfast. Finding that his interests lay more in politics than computers, Sean attempted unsuccessfully to transfer to politics after failing exam re-sits and is now intent on sitting an A-Level on the subject.
 Prior to his accident, Sean was learning to play the guitar. Since then he has played various sports including wheelchair tennis, archery, canoeing and skiing. He has been playing wheelchair rugby in Dublin over the past year and is involved in setting up and publicising a new club in Antrim called the Ulster Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Club. This is set to launch in October.1 Articles

Michael Delaney is an aspiring journalist currently studying the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) course at Belfast Metropolitan College. He is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast where he studied Modern History and Politics.1 Articles

Professor Stephen Boyd was born in Northern Ireland and did his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, graduate studies in Canada at the University of Regina and obtained his PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is an ex- geographer who moved quickly into tourism, teaching tourism at Staffordshire University, England, the University of Otago, New Zealand and the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, where he holds the chair in tourism. His research has covered many areas, but he is best known for his work on heritage tourism, marketing and managing World Heritage Sites and the relationship between national parks and tourism. He is currently researching political tourism and the interconnections between religious and political tourism. He is the Masters Coordinator of all taught programs in his Department, including Master’s in International Tourism Development, International Hotel and Tourism Management and Event Management.1 Articles

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