Michael Kirke was born in Co. Donegal and attended St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny 1957-1962. In 1966 he graduated from University College Dublin (History and Politics) and from Trinity College (M.Ed.) in 1976. In 1966 he began his career in journalism as a sub-editor in The Evening Press in Dublin. In 1968 switched tracks and joined the newsroom of the Irish Press group. 1969 Saw him move to Belfast where he covered the initial unravelling of the Unionist hegemony in the province. Later that year he became the group’s education correspondent. Then in 1973, somewhat hooked by his growing interest in education, he took leave of absence to pursue further studies in education, eventually leaving The Irish Press to work as director of Ely University Centre (www.elyuc.com) at the request of the directors of Opus Dei (www.opusdei.ie). His involvement with Opus Dei dated back to his student days at UCD. In 1978 he began teaching in Rockbrook School (www.rockbrook.ie) and in 1981 was appointed headmaster. He remained there until 1994 and went to work in Galway where he began writing again. In 2003 he moved back to Dublin where he expanded his freelance writing and other media work. His main interests are cultural, educational, national and international affairs.