Michael J Walsh WBGMichael J. Whelan is an Irish soldier,  poet and historian living in Tallaght, County Dublin. He served as a peacekeeper with the Irish Defence Forces in South Lebanon and Kosovo during the conflicts in those countries. He was 2nd Place Winner of The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2011 (short listed 2012), 3rd Place winner in the Jonathon Swift Creative Writers Awards 2012 (Short listed 2011) and listed in the Doire Press & Cork Literary Poetry Manuscript Prize. He was selected as a reader for the Eigse Eireann/Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2012. His poems and short stories have featured in The Moth, Cyphers, Crannog, Wordlegs, the Galway Review and Three Monkey’s Online Magazinean