New book on Middle East by Kildare author and journalist David Lynch

A new book on Palestine by an award-winning Kildare journalist is to be published soon. Leixlip native, David Lynch, a former Leinster Leader journalist, has just completed his second book.

The new work, "A Divided Paradise: An Irishman in the Holy Land," is a personal Irish account of ordinary life in one of the world's most contested and volatile regions.

David, who has a Masters in history from NUI Maynooth, spent time studying and living on the West Bank.

While his book deals with historic and political aspects of life in Palestine, it brings to life stories from both the Palestinian and Israeli streets.

From coming under fire in the occupied West Bank, to visiting the 'First Irish Pub in Palestine', to talking Armageddon with young dispirited Israelis in Tel Aviv, personal experiences are interwoven with general history.

Places as diverse as Hebron and Haifa, Beirut and Brooklyn are viewed through Irish eyes giving us a provocative introduction to the political and personal tragedy and continuing wider Middle Eastern conflict.

It started in the summer of 2005, when he went to study through English, Palestine history and Arabic, at the Bir Zeit university, Palestine's premier university, on the West Bank. During this time he interviewed many ordinary people whose voices would not normally be heard on mainstream media.

In 2006, he returned to the Middle East to cover the Israeli elections for the former Daily Ireland newspaper.

David was the Belfast based paper's Dublin correspondent. "I absolutely loved working for it," said the Leixlip man, who is well known in north Kildare for his work with the Leinster Leader.

In May 2007, he travelled to Lebanon, where around 100,000 refugees from Palestine, live in Beiruit.

In May of this year, he covered the 60th anniversary of the creation of Israel, which the Palestinians regard as Al Nakba or The Catastrophe of 1948.

David (30) is an award-winning journalist with a wide range of experience in regional, national and international press. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Magill, Village, and Sunday Business Post.

Last year, he was named the national Irish winner of the European Union organised 'For Diversity Against Discrimination' Journalist Award.

The son of David and Marie Lynch from Ryevale Lawns, he went to Confey College and left with an A1 in English in his Leaving Certificate before going on to study at NUI Maynooth.

Currently based in Dublin as a freelance journalist, he also works for Voice of the Traveller magazine, a publication focused on issues surrounding the Irish Traveller community.


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