Emer McLysaght (born 1980) is an Irish journalist and co-author of the Aisling series of novels.[1][2]

Emer McLysaght
Born1980 (1980) (age 44)
Alma materBallyfermot College of Further Education
Occupation(s)Author, journalist

Background edit

McLysaght is from Kill, County Kildare. After secondary school, she attended Trinity College Dublin, where she studied biology for a short time. In 2003, she switched courses to a Higher National Diploma in media studies at Ballyfermot College of Further Education where she met her friend and future co-author Sarah Breen. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in media production from Dublin City University, obtaining first class honours. In 2012, McLysaght completed a Master's degree in international relations, again achieving first class honours. She dedicated her first book to her late father, who died in 2008.[1][3][4]

Career edit

McLysaght began her media career as a newsreader and reporter at Kfm radio station in 2004, moving to Newstalk radio for a brief period in 2006. Later in 2006, she moved to Phantom 105.2 where she was news editor for 4 years. She has also worked as a freelance journalist for the Business Post, the Leinster Leader, Radio Nova, and Today FM. In 2011, she joined TheJournal.ie before being promoted to deputy editor at TheDailyEdge.ie in 2013 and editor in 2017. In March 2017, McLysaght left her editorial role and became a full-time author. She is a regular columnist for The Irish Times.[5][non-primary source needed]

Aisling novels edit

McLysaght and Breen co-created a comedic character named Aisling, establishing a Facebook fan group that grew to more than 45,000 members. As Aisling gained in popularity they were approached by publishers and decided to write a novel. As of 2021, the series consists of four books, with a further final book planned. The first three books were bestsellers and sold over 300,000 copies. They are published by Gill Books and Penguin Books.[6][5]

Personal life edit

McLysaght has spoken publicly about her mental health and use of counselling.[7] On The Ryan Tubridy Show she discussed her experiences dealing with an eating disorder which began when she was a teenager. She underwent treatment as an in-patient at St Patrick's psychiatric hospital in Dublin from January to March 2020.[8][9]

Awards edit

  • 2019 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year – Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling[citation needed]
  • 2018 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year – The Importance of Being Aisling[citation needed]
  • 2021 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year – Aisling and the City[citation needed]

Bibliography edit

  • Aisling and The City (2021)
  • Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling (2019)
  • The Importance of Being Aisling (2019)
  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling (2017)

References edit

  1. ^ a b McLysaght, Emer; Breen, Sarah. "What a Complete Aisling: The story of a very particular type of Irish girl". The Irish Times.
  2. ^ McLysaght, Emer. "Emer McLysaght: Apparently I'm a 'Geriatric Millennial'. I have found my people". The Irish Times.
  3. ^ "Emer McLysaght on her comfort reads, favourite Irish author and the toughest part of writing OMGWACA". VIP Magazine. 14 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Author Sarah Breen On How Living With Friends Helped Invent The Iconic Character Of Aisling | Stellar".
  5. ^ a b "Emer McLysaght". Penguin.co.uk.
  6. ^ O'Donoghue, Denise (29 July 2021). "OMG! Aisling's back for a fourth book and she's jetting off to the biggest smoke yet". Irish Examiner.
  7. ^ "Emer McLysaght: I spend my week wondering what my therapist thinks of me". The Irish Times.
  8. ^ O’Donoghue, Denise (18 August 2021). "Emer McLysaght: 'I was embarrassed to tell people I was going in for an eating disorder'". IrishExaminer.com.
  9. ^ Ó Sioradáin, Niall (18 August 2021). "Emer McLysaght on The Ryan Tubridy Show". RTÉ.ie.