He is a graduate of University College Cork and undertook part of his doctorate studies as a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley. He is the author of 4 books and two DvDs on different historical topics. He penned the very popular souvenir booklet “Titanic Trail (Cobh Queenstown)
Having joined the Naval Service in 1975 he rose through the ranks to become the youngest ever person in Ireland’s Navy to be promoted into the rank of Warrant Officer in 1987. He was only 29. During his Naval career he was involved in a variety of areas ashore and afloat. These included the profession of Engine Room Artificer, the running of the Technical Training School on the Naval Base and the operation of the specialised Damage Control and Firefighting Units there. He successfully completed numerous military and a short advanced course on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.