Risteárd Mac Suibhne, Richard of Éire, Richard of Ireland is a self-designated Irish philosopher of the natural kind; a self-originator who enjoys expressing his ideas in a personal prose-poetic style. He is happily married and lives on the beautiful isle of Éire.
As a teenager played pipes in a pipe band: The Thomas Kent Pipe Band, Fermoy – became the pipe major; played in such wondrous venues as Killorglin, Cashel, Bodenstown, and Croke Park.
After Middle School worked for two years in A.W. Faber-Castell pencil-making factory in Fermoy, Co. Cork before returning back to High School.
The closing two decades of the last century saw him teaching English Language and Literature, and studying philosophy in the Far East and the Middle East respectively.
Before going overseas he had spent four years as a Catholic seminarian with the Missionary Society of Saint Columban in Dalgan Park, Navan, County Meath which included a further two years of studies in the Republic of Korea.
Had the privilege in 1979 in Ireland of shaking hands with Pope (Saint) John Paul II, and in 1981 in Korea with Mother (Saint) Teresa of Calcutta.
He has a Masters in Chinese Taoist Philosophy from Seoul National University which he gained through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chinese. He was also enrolled in the PhD programme in the same department at SNU but had to discontinue after two years. He has a BA in Korean Language & Literature from Kyunggi University in Seoul, and a Diploma in Philosophy & Arts from Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth, County Kildare.
While living in the beautiful cities of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates: countries predominantly ruled by Quranic Law (Sharia Law), he took the privileged opportunity to self-teach himself everything he could about the Holy Qur’an. And while he found this study to have been both intellectually and spiritually enriching, the life of yielding as represented and presented in the Holy Qur’an, Its Law, and the Hadiths was clearly not for him. He preferred instead to continue on self-culturing himself in the way of yielding as proposed in the writings of the Chinese Taoist philosophers: in Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, and Chuang-tzu’s The Chuang-tzu. In his opinion, life naturally is all about yielding but what form that yielding takes will determine how dignifiedly; how nobly, passionately and joyfully we live life as well as help facilitate others to live accordingly.
Letter: Sharia Law is not for Irish women
He has been constantly practicing the art of expressing himself in written form ever since returning to Ireland in 2001. He has written twelve print books to date; always believing his best originality is yet to come. His lastest: As Children of Ireland was published in October 2016. Abiding in Bobbio in 2015.
Done substitution work a number of times (2002-2004) in Glanworth National School, Glanworth, Co. Cork (classes 4, 5 & 6). Glanworth is his mother's native village. This very happy memorable experience along with stories told to him by his mother from her childhood would twelve years later be the inspiration for his own stories for children.
From 13th May 2011 to 27th September 2011 he put himself forth as a possible independent candidate for 9th President of Ireland.
In April 2016 he was invited by Drama Director: Mr. Jack Aherne of Tallow, County Waterford to play the part of William Butler Yeats in The 1916 Seven.
On Wednesday, 25th May 2016 announced an indefinite hiatus from Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Linkedin | YouTube in order to concentrate solely on his writing. “You (Social Media) can speak your mind but not on my time.”
From 3-9 September 2016 published 10 Kindle ebooks - original long stories for children aged 8-12, their parents, grandparents, and their teachers.
From Thursday, 15th September 2016 to Monday, 3rd October 2016 published his March 2013, 794-paged hardback A Green Desert Father as 13 short volumes: 13 Kindle ebooks.
On 6th October 2016 published As Children of Ireland
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Letter to the Editor: Sunday Independent, 8th January 2017.
In February 2017 brought out a hardback edition of his 2010 paperback: Bridging Al-Serenities It will be available online from all major retailers towards the end of March 2017.