Mark Dooley


Welcome to my website!

Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a substantial collection of my journalistic writings.  At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from these writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note.  


Moral Matters: Lessons in Joyful Living

A Day with Dr Mark Dooley

Join philosopher, author and columnist, Dr Mark Dooley for the first in a series of day-long events on how to live meaningfully in challenging times.  Based on ‘Moral Matters’ – his hugely popular column for the Irish Daily Mail – Dr Dooley will explore what it means to be human, how to make each day memorable, and how to live life to the full. This event offers a unique opportunity to engage with an inspirational speaker who sees the everyday world as ‘a place of minor miracles’.

Date:  Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time: 10am-6pm

Venue: Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath (

Price: €120 (includes 3 course lunch)

B&B €60pps or €70 single supplement

Early booking advisable

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  • Below you shall find a topical theme drawn from my writings that reflects the seasonal cycle or an item of general interest:

Moral Matters, Irish Daily Mail

January 7, 2015

January does not have to be gloomy… it’s a time of rebirth

They call them the ‘January blues’. After all the merriment, the lights and the laughter, we are now condemned to a month of misery. Yuletide cheer has been replaced by darkness and despair. For me, returning to normal after Christmas has always been difficult. It is as if …Read More

I will always remember the little things: Dr O’Donoghue’s warm smile, his firm handshake and polished shoes; FitzGerald’s untamed hair, the coat that had seen too many campaigns and his infectious energy. I recall being shocked at how small Haughey was but how he held himself high with grace and poise. To most people, such things seemed unimportant. To me, however, they revealed much more about those figures than anything they did on the political stage. All of which is to say that we should keep an eye out for the little things. In losing sight of those, we lose sight of everything.~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 21.01.2015