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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.


selection of short fiction published in anthologies etc

selection of essays, prose and long features

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HOT PRESS Profile by Anne Sexton

A piece in Hot Press magazine by Anne Sexton, with photo by Paula Nolan and review by Olaf Tyaransen. Below see an extract from the interview - the rest in Hot Press magazine, available in all Irish newsagents right now! LIFE DURING WARTIME - INTERVIEW BY...

President Trump: Irish Writers Have Their Say

This is my contrbution to a piece by Martin Doyle with reactions from Kevin Barry, Mia Gallagher, Joseph O'Connor, Louise O'Neil, Roddy Doyle and more.  For all writers' contributions, please click this link. It’s a sort of grief, the process of coming to accept that...

Vintage Tourist Board promo, 1966!

Following an excellent launch on Saturday, 5 November to "Focus On Jim Mulkerns" - November's Archive at Lunchtime programme at The Irish Film Institute this month, here's  a novelty preview of one of the films on offer. This excerpt is from Ireland Invites You,  a 14...

Irish Film Institute launch: “Dublin Capital City 1974-75

A special screening will be held today for the launch of "Dublin Capital City 1974-75' at the Irish Film Institute, 12:45pm - with an introduction by Brendan Halligan. Please scroll down to read full press release, or click here. A new version of Capital City Dublin...

Ferenji – Dublin launch photos

Thank you so much for all those who came to the launch of "Ferenji" at The Irish Writers' Centre on Thursday last, it was a wonderful evening, and it was great to see so many old and new friends, fellow scribes and family members. Thanks to Michael O'Loughlin, who...

a selection of journalistic writing

Irishwoman’s Diary, July 1992: New Music Seminar

From The Irish Times - July 1992 By Helena Mulkerns Last week, as Uncle Boris Yeltsin posed for happy snaps on the lawn with George and Barbara at the Whitehouse, and Sarajevo shuddered under Serbian mortar fire, a whole microcosm of Western youth culture carried on...

The Lost Weekend:  St Patrick’s Day 1991, New York City

The Lost Weekend: St Patrick’s Day 1991, New York City

St. Patrick's Day is often regarded with a deal of scorn by the New Irish in this city, for the obvious reasons. It's an occasion when the Irish American "Leprechauns and shillelaghs" brigade become rampant, and full grown people stagger around with shamrocks falling...

selection of photographic work

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