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Helena has written for a range of magazines and newspapers in Ireland and the United States from to , and went on to write for several in-house publications for her work at the United Nations. During this time she was Editor-in-Charge of the magazine, “UNMEE News,” based in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and then Editor of “Afghan Update,” the magazine published by the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, which was published in three languages. She currently writes an occasional column for the  and contributes book reviews to The Irish Times. 

A selection of her journalistic work will be forthcoming on this page.

She had a chapter entitled ‘Generation Without Borders: Developments in New Irish Arts 1982-1997’ in Hyperion’s non-fiction book, . Other contributors to this publication included Frank McCourt, Mary Higgins Clark, Denis Leary, Maeve Binchy and Jason Robards. She also published ‘Film in the Fifth Province,’ a paper about Irish film in the United States, in Cineaste magazine.

In 1999, her essay, ‘The Vocabulary of Absence’ was published in a non-fiction anthology of Irish women writers entitled Motherland, from William Morrow and Company. Her essay ‘A Gentle Anarchy’ was published in the literary review, Natural Bridge, from the University of Missouri, U.S.A., in Spring 2009.

BOOK TRAILER

selection of short fiction published in anthologies etc

selection of essays, prose and long features

A different Side of the Irish

A different Side of the Irish

first published in The New York Times (Intelligence Column), December 2010   It may take the 21st Century Irish some time to get up out of their armchairs, but when they do, they have a strong sense of purpose and drama.   Despite one of the coldest November...

Christmas Reading 2016 at Collins Barracks

Really looking forward to the "Finding a Voice" special evening on Thurs, 8th December at 18:30, when author, poet and playwright Dermot Bolger hosts an evening of readings and music at The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin.  The event...

Helena Interviewed on ARENA

It was great to be able to talk live to Seán Rocks on ARENA last night, Irish national radio's premier arts show ... for anyone who'd like to have a listen back to me interviewed about my book, Ferenji - here's the direct live link to my interview: 

MY WEEK: from The Sunday Times

Here's a piece from The Sunday Times newspaper, giving an account of "MY WEEK".  Hard to capture - between the election of a clown as sad as Trump and the loss of a king as fine as Cohen - but here goes!  "The author enjoys 'high mirth and low bitching' over a US...

Leonard Cohen: He’s our man

This is my contribution to a piece by Martin Doyle with tributes from John Kelly, Sara Baume, Peter Murphy, Evelyn Conlon and more.  For all writers' contributions, please click this link. It wasn’t until the mid-nineties, a decade into the study...

a selection of journalistic writing

In Paris for WexFour eLaunch!

It was wonderful to be able to travel to Paris last week for the WexFour event at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, where, following a special staged reading of the four one-act plays, the WexFour eBook from 451 Editions was officially launched. The crew from The Wexford...

Irish Examiner Feature by Sue Leonard

So delighted to get up this dark December morning and read the lovely piece today in The Irish Examiner by Sue Leonard, run as part of the "Beginner's Pluck" column.   Sue's kind words further made my day as she accredited the work with something every...

Leonard Cohen: He’s our man

This is my contribution to a piece by Martin Doyle with tributes from John Kelly, Sara Baume, Peter Murphy, Evelyn Conlon and more.  For all writers' contributions, please click this link. It wasn’t until the mid-nineties, a decade into the study...

In Ireland, the Celtic Salmon Stirs

In Ireland, the Celtic Salmon Stirs

first published in The New York Times (Intelligence Column), April 2012.   Despite encouraging signs of a slow but steady return to a healthier economy, the recession still haunts Ireland.  It slouches with Yeatsian dread around our ghost estates like a...

A different Side of the Irish

A different Side of the Irish

first published in The New York Times (Intelligence Column), December 2010   It may take the 21st Century Irish some time to get up out of their armchairs, but when they do, they have a strong sense of purpose and drama.   Despite one of the coldest November...

Motherland

published in Motherland, edited by Caledonia Kearns, William Morrow, 1997   HELENA:  I had a dream of matriarchs. The cottage was small and dark, and in one corner, an elderly woman with mischievous eyes sat beside a fire, on which rested a small,...

selection of photographic work

Today is not Father’s Day …

Today is not Father’s Day, but I always think of my father at Easter. He hated Father’s Day with a particularly venomous passion anyway, just like he hated any crap Hallmark holiday manufactured to make people buy stupid cards and pretend we’re all happy as Larry. My...

FERENJI BOOK TRAILER

'Blue Tarpaulin' is one of the flash fiction pieces offered in the debut collection, FERENJI by Helena Mulkerns.  In this book trailer, the author reads the piece, accompanied by photographs taken herself in the field, where she was based in Eritrea, Ethiopia and...

Tribute to those lost in the Haiti Earthquake

Tribute to those lost in the Haiti Earthquake

Just wanted to post a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Haiti earthquake, 12 January 2010.  Flowers placed and floated to the sea about a week after the event, at Blackhall Strand, Co Wexford. Click on image below to view.