About Paul McNulty

Paul B McNulty writes historical fiction based on real events in 18th century Ireland. His credentials include editorship of a student magazine, The Anvil, followed by publication of scientific and popular papers during a career in Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD).  

After retirement, he studied The genealogy of the Anglo-Norman Lynches who settled in Galway which unearthed a treasure-trove of stories. His first novel, Spellbound by Sibella, was published in 2013 by Club Lighthouse CLP, Canada who published his second novel The Abduction of Anne O’Donel in 2014 and his third novel A Story of the Bodkin Murders in 2015. Paul has also published his genealogical research in 2013 and a novella, A Rebel Romance in 2014, both with CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

His literary experience inspired Paul McNulty to write plays based on extracts from his writings. UCD Dramatic Society included a reading of his play Spellbound by Sibella in their Theatre Festival in November 2014. In October 2015, it received favourable reviews from the Theatre Development Centre, Cork and, more recently, from The Abbey Theatre and Papatango Theatre Company, London. In response to a call from the UCD Dramsoc Mini Plays Festival, Paul submitted a five-minute play Elopement which was staged on 14-16 October 2015.  

Paul has also written a second play based on an extract from his novel The Abduction of Anne O’Donel. His third play 1798: A Rebel Romance was staged as part of the Semester 3 programme of UCD Dramsoc on 18-22 April 2016. His fourth play, The Bodkin Murders, is written in the format of a court-room drama. His most recent play, Hijinks in Hibernia, is a modernized adaptation of his first play, Spellbound by Sibella. 

Members of The Corner Table writers group, of which Paul McNulty is a founding member, have critiqued each scene of each of his four plays.  

A summary of his work is available on Academia.edu which also includes two invited papers, recently presented, dealing with The Progression of the Landed Gentry in Mayo including the Lynch, Browne, Moore and Blake families. He is now working on a biography of his aunt, Margaret Mary ‘May’ McNulty who trained as a singer in Milan and played international bridge for Ireland.