Aedamar Kirrane

Background

Career & Motherhood

Aedamar’s first career was as a successful barrister practising in Dublin between 1991 and 2003. She chose to become a stay at home mother after the birth of her second child. During these years at home with her children she re-discovered her love of creative writing and wrote many beautiful stories for their bedtime reading. She also wrote freelance for The Gloss Magazine. This hobby turned into a passion and Aedamar began to attend creative writing courses all over the city and country, gaining a Diploma in Picture Book Writing along the way.

Crisis & New Career Path

The financial crash of 2007 impacted severely on her family and whilst Aedamar wanted to, and indeed needed to, return to paid work it would have been punitive for her to pay for childcare during the years it would take to rebuild her career as a lawyer. This catch-22 gave Aedamar the chance to embark on a complete career change and to choose a new path that resonated with her deep soul interests. Always a deep thinker and strong reader she returned to University College Dublin where she had studied Law, this time following her heart to study for a BA in Philosophy and English Literature, with the intention of becoming a writer.

National University of Ireland recipients of Scholarships and Prizes, 2015. © Rock Photography
National University of Ireland recipients of Scholarships and Prizes, 2015. © Rock Photography

Finding Her Calling & Success

Reflecting her feeling of having found her soul’s calling, Aedamar excelled at her studies. She graduated in 2015 with double first class honours, achieving first place in philosophy. She also won the Pierce Malone Scholarship in Philosophy which is awarded to the top philosophy student across the four constituent universities of The National University of Ireland. Aedamar also won an important academic award in the international The Undergraduate Awards 2015 taking first place in Ireland for one of her university essays in English Literature pre-17th Century.

Aedamar was then accepted onto the prestigious MA in Creative Writing in UCD 2015/16. She finished her first novel, Hollow Street, in 2017. It is a haunting, darkly comic, trauma narrative told in the postmodern voice that explores the traumatic consequences for a child when she is rejected in the womb by her mother.

Aedamar receiving NUI Pierse Malone Scholarship in Philosophy, 2015. © Rock Photography
Aedamar receiving NUI Pierse Malone Scholarship in Philosophy, 2015. © Rock Photography