Frank Delaney, Irish author and journalist, Died at 74

  Media, Writer

Frank Delaney was born on October 24, 1942, in Tipperary, Ireland and died on February 22, 2017.

He was an Irish novelist, journalist, and broadcaster.

Delaney was the author of the New York Times best-seller Ireland, the non-fiction book Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea, and many other works of fiction, non-fiction, and collections.

He started working as a newsreader for the Irish state radio and television network RTÉ in 1970.

During the early 1970s, Delaney became a news reporter for the BBC in Dublin and covered an intense period of violence known as the Troubles.

Following a five-year reporting career on the violence, he moved to London to work in arts broadcasting.

Frank created the weekly Bookshelf program for BBC Radio 4 in 1978, which covered books, writers and the business of publishing.

His first book, James Joyce’s Odyssey (1981), was published to critical acclaim and became a best-seller in the UK and Ireland.

Delaney wrote and presented the six-part documentary series “The Celts” (1986) for the BBC and its companion book.

Subsequently, he wrote five books of non-fiction (including Simple Courage), ten novels (including Ireland, Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show and Tipperary), one novella, and a number of short stories.

Frank also edited many compilations of essays and poetry.

He launched Re:Joyce, on Bloomsday 2010, a series of short weekly podcasts that go page-by-page through James Joyce’s Ulysses, discussing its allusions, historical context, and references.

He resided in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, Diane Meier.

Frank Delaney passed away at 74 years old.