.A native of Dublin, John divides his time between Ireland and Canada, where he and his wife Hanna raise their family. With a mother from the West of Ireland and a father from Dublin, home in Dublin was full of talk and character. Everyone had a story, a song, a joke. An eccentricity.

John follows the lure of travel when he can, rambling in Ireland’s Burren or Dublin's streets, or hill-walking in southern Austria.

Trained as a teacher, he still goes by Yeats’ axiom that only that which is useless or can’t be taught is irresistible.
‘Culchie Colombo with a liberal and urbane heart. Like all the best detective stories it casts its net widely over its setting.(Minogue is) a character who should run and run...’
Irish Times