My name is Dermot Corrigan. I’m 33, Irish, and a freelance writer living in Madrid.
I cover Spanish football for a number of publications including UAE daily newspaper and website Sport 360, UK monthly magazine When Saturday Comes and the websites / blogs The Football Ramble and Iberosphere. I also write on other topics including technology, the environment, business and travel for various Irish and UK based publications including the Irish weekly newspaper the Sunday Business Post.
I have a BA in Communications Studies from Dublin City University, as well as an MA in European Studies from University College Dublin and an MLitt in German Literature from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
All of which means I’ve read a lot and learned a lot, but am not particularly qualified for one specific job. I’m happy enough with that though, it’s given me a broad knowledge and interest base, which underpins most of what I write. I’ve also watched a lot – a lot – of football over the years, and played a little too.
Straight from DCU I started writing arts reviews, features, interviews etc for then new dotcom bubble student lifestyle magazine oxygen.ie in Dublin. That was a blast, but I wanted / needed to travel, so I took up an offer from worldsurface.com to be a travel diarist for them and wrote about my wanderings through Eastern Europe and East Asia.
After returning and spending some time as a bookseller, I worked as an archivist and then assistant producer for TV production company Setanta Television – working on GAA show Breaking Ball and a number of sports documentaries including The Rod Squad for RTE Television.
Next it was back to oxygen.ie as site editor, where in 2004 I also launched a satirical print magazine called The Spanner. From there I joined educational publisher Learning Ireland, where I edited and wrote for a mix of print and online publications such as nightcourses.com and the National Guide to Postgraduate Studies.
All the while I was doing some freelance pieces for the likes of Filmmaker, Mongrel and Backpacker, and as regular work started arriving for the Sunday Business Post, I went full time freelance in January 2007.
Since then (and including after moving to Spain in January 2009) I’ve written on a variety of business and technology issues, on a more or less weekly basis for the SBP, and also for publications including Technology Ireland, The Market, the Leinster Leader, ebusinesslive.ie, ENN.ie and the Irish Film and Television Network.
Since moving to Spain I’ve covered Spanish football for proper UK football magazine When Saturday Comes. Since August I’ve been Spanish correspondent for Sport 360 and written a weekly La Liga blog for The Football Ramble. I’ve also had pieces published by (among others) Iberosphere.com, ToffeeWeb.com and European Football Weekends blog.
As hopefully is apparent from the above career path, I’ve a wide range of interests. These include Everton and Real Betis football clubs, books ranging from Joseph Roth to George Orwell to Eduardo Mendoza, films (favourite is Chinatown), travel (31 countries and counting) and music (Wilco, Blur, Bob Dylan…).
Besides finishing my novel (ahem), the plan is to continue to write about various issues of interest. The football work is going particularly well at the moment. If you want to get in touch with any comments, greetings or potential opportunities, the best way to get me is dermotmcorrigan ( at ) gmail.com.