Tom McCaughren Author Profile

Award winning children’s writer Tom McCaughren hails from Northern Ireland. Find out more about Tom on our Author Profile:


Hi! I’m Tom McCaughren.

I come from Ballymena, Co. Antrim and my wife Frances is from Carlow. I have four daughters, Michelle, Amanda, Samantha and Simone. I have been a journalist all my working life.

Starting with The Courier and News, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, I moved to The Ballymena/Belfast Telegraph and then to The Irish Times in Dublin. I reported for The Irish Times for 13 years, specialising in military matters as Defence Correspondent.

In that capacity I wrote my first book, The Peacemakers of Niemba, a documentary account of an ambush in the Congo in which the first Irish troops serving with the UN died in action, serving the cause of peace. This book is now out of print but all my other books are available.

From The Irish Times I went to RTE, the Irish national radio and television service where I worked as a reporter, specialising in security, covering major crimes in the Republic, the Troubles in the North in the early years, and the Irish/UN in Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus, Syria, Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegovnia, Croatia and Kosovo.

It was while working as Security Correspondent that I got the idea for RAINBOWS OF THE MOON, a thriller for teenagers, abou the “troubles” in Northern Ireland.

As Security Correspondent I was also visiting lecturer in Media and Communications Skills at courses for officers in the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary, for many years. At one stage I also gave occasional talks on the same subject at the cadet school of the Military College in the Curragh, Co. Kildare.

I’ve written fifteen books altogether, most of them for children and young adults. My novels are fictional but often revolve around actual historical events, such as the Irish Rebellion in 1798, In Search of the Liberty Tree.

My award winning fox books,  Run with the Wind, Run to Earth, Run Swift Run Free, Run to the Ark, Run to the Wild Wood and Run for Cover are published by Wolfhound Press.


I also have books published with The Childrens Press, The Legend of the Corrib King, Legend of the Golden Key, Legend of the Phantom Highwayman, The Silent Sea and The Children of the Forge.

A number of my books have been translated into foreign languages including German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, French, Dutch, Danish and Latvian. The latest Chinese editions will bring the total number of translations to twenty.

If you’re interested in reading some of Tom’s books, you can buy them online at

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.