Malachy McCourt, actor, singer, and raconteur, is as movingly entertaining in life as he is in his many books, including his best-selling memoir, A Monk Swimming.
Malachy was born in Brooklyn, New York, and from the age of three was raised in Limerick, Ireland. At the age of 20, he returned to the United States, where he became a well-known actor, performing on Broadway and appearing in many movies, soap operas, and television films.
Later, Malachy poured his considerable talents into writing. As well as being the coauthor of the play A Couple of Blaguards with his brother Frank, he is also author of the memoir, Singing My Him Song, as well as the histories Danny Boy, The Claddagh Ring, Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland, and the anthology, Voices of Ireland. Malachy has written for many publications, including the New York Times and National Geographic, and writes a column, Sez I to Myself, that appears in the The Westsider and Our Town in New York City.
Malachy has been a recipient of numerous honors, including the Best of New York Award from New York magazine and the Florina Lasker Civil Liberties Award from the New York Civil Liberties Union.
What Others are Saying About Malachy McCourt
“Malachy McCourt hardly needs an introduction...he delights, amuses, astonishes, and informs.”
—American Book Review
“Malachy is outrageous and comic.”
—New York Times
“[A Monk Swimming] is a rollicking good read that, as the Irish say, would make a dead man laugh.”