Profile: Brian Brennan

About This Author

Born, raised, and educated in Dublin, Ireland, I have called Canada home for the past 50 years. Since 1974, I have lived and worked in Calgary, where I spent 25 years as a staff columnist and features writer with the Calgary Herald. Before that, I toured Canada as a professional musician and worked as a radio news announcer in Prince George, British Columbia. The Love of One's Country is my sixteenth published book. Two of the others are of particular interest to Irish and English readers. Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada tells the story of my journey from restless civil servant to award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Songs of an Irish Poet: The Mary O'Leary Story examines the phenomenon of a celebrated Irish-language folk poet of the nineteenth century who continued to achieve name recognition long after her death. Among my numerous awards for journalism are two Western Canada Magazine Gold Awards, Canada's national Hollobon Award for medical reporting, and the Professional Writers Association of Canada Features Writing Award for a profile of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi. I have also won awards for my books, including the inaugural Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for Romancing the Rockies, and the Petroleum History Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award “for making numerous contributions to the body of literature concerning the Canadian petroleum industry, including many focused on its colourful personalities and significant events.” My interest in Canadian history was sparked in 1992 when I was assigned by the Calgary Herald to write a daily feature column about the lives of extraordinary individuals who had recently died. When I left the Herald in 1999, I revisited several of those columns to incorporate the stories into my books. One of my most constantly sought-after books has been Scoundrels and Scallywags, which sold more than 10,000 copies and topped the regional best-seller charts for more than 18 months. A sale of 5,000 copies is generally accepted to be a Canadian best-seller. When not writing books and delivering speaking engagements, I play the piano, mostly for fun and sometimes for profit. Visit my website at

This Author's Books

Brian Brennan had reached the pinnacle of his career as a newspaper journalist when a tense confrontation with management forced him and his editorial colleagues to walk a picket line for eight months. Before that, during his 25 years at the Calgary Heral....
ISBN: 9781788769648
Published: 8 August 2019
Jerry is emigrating from Ireland to Canada because he hates his office job and wants to find a more fulfilling career. He's also on a mission to discover what happened to his ancestor Diarmuid, who left Ireland during the potato famines of the 1840s only ....
ISBN: 9781788769495
Published: 26 July 2019