David Lynch

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David Lynch (34) is a versatile journalist and author of two books, with 12 years experience in regional and national press- covering current affairs, international ...

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EXPERIENCED, AWARD WINNING REPORTER AND AUTHOR NEWS |RADIO |SPORTS |POLITICS |INTERNATIONAL |FEATURES |REVIEWS David Lynch (34) is a versatile journalist and author of two books, with 12 years experience in regional and national press- covering current affairs, international news, sport, arts, Dáil Éireann (Irish national parliament) and various features. Worked full time at a national daily paper and weekly regional and also freelanced extensively. He recently covered the Egyptian Presidential election from Cairo for RTÉ Radio.

Professional Experience Freelance from Egypt

October 2011-Present

Covered the political instability, parliamentary and presidential elections in post revolutionary Egypt for the The Sunday Business Post (9 articles including the cover feature in the paper’s Agenda Magazine). Reported for RTÉ Radio (Irish state radio) on the Today with Pat Kenny show and Morning Ireland. Wrote for the UK football magazine The Blizzard on football in Egypt and on politics in Cairo for the NUJ magazine The Journalist, SIPTU’s Liberty, and the leading current affairs magazine Village.

Voice of the Traveller Magazine

Aug 2008-Jan 2011

Full time reporter for the magazine aimed at members of the minority Travelling community and those who work with them. Researched features dealing with feuding in the community and literacy problems.

Leinster Leader

June 2007-Jan 2008

Senior reporter for the regional newspaper, covering politics to potholes, court to community campaigns.

Daily Ireland

Sept 2005-Dec 2006

Dublin correspondent for the Belfast based daily. Beat included Dáil Éireann (Press gallery member) and a wide range of national stories. On foreign assignment reported on the Israeli general election of March 2006.

The Sunday Business Post

June 2005-August 2005

Freelanced extensively for the national Sunday paper from Palestine and Israel.

Leinster Leader

June 2001- June 2004

Staff reporter for the weekly regional with a wide beat which embraced everything from muddy GAA pitches to council meetings, from local crime reports to covering development in the locality.

Liffey Champion

June 2000- June 2001

Staff reporter for the north Kildare based local newspaper. Beat included local news and events.

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Education International Language Institute – Cairo, Egypt. Successfully completed six levels of Modern Standard Arabic up to and including Intermediate Level Oct 2011-June 2012 Bir Zeit University – West Bank, Palestine. Colloquial Arabic Grade One, Certificate Middle Eastern and Palestinian History, Certificate June 2005-Aug 2005 National University of Ireland Maynooth – Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland. MA Arts (English) 2.1 BA Arts 2.1 (including a First Class Honours in History) 1995-2001 Confey College – Leixlip, Co Kildare. Leaving Certificate 5 Honours, 2 Pass (including an A1 in English)

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Modern Standard Arabic, (Reading, writing and speaking) Upper Intermediate Level. Colloquial Arabic, Basic conversational. Teeline Shorthand. Excellent computer skills. Full clean driving licence. Copy-editing experience for magazine and newspapers. Media/English teaching and training experience.

Published books and Awards 

A Divided Paradise: An Irishman in the Holy Land (New Island Books, 2009) “Lynch is studiously fair in mapping out the tragedy of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict…captures the tension and beauty of a partitioned paradise” The Irish Times



The Irish winner of the EU For Diversity and Against Discrimination Journalism Award- 2006. Winning articles entitled The persistence of prejudice – focused on the minority Traveller community. “The author (Lynch) provided a thoughtful and insightful perspective,” Award Jury.



Radical Politics in Modern Ireland- A History of the Irish Socialist Republican Party (Irish Academic Press, 2005). “An illuminating and insightful book” Prof Diarmaid Ferriter, UCD School of History.

Interests Reading, football (season ticket with Bohemians FC), running and travelling. Keen interest in art and music. Blogging: www.arabspringinmystep.com Completed the Dublin City Marathon in 2007. Hiked the Camino de Santiago (France/Spain) in 2010 and again in 2011.

References (Can be provided on request)