Kevin O'Connell is a native of of New York City, descended from a young officer of what had - from 1690 to 1792 - been the Irish Brigade of the French army, believed to have arrived in French Canada sometime following the execution of Queen Marie Antoinette in October 1793. At least one grandson subsequently returned to Ireland; Mr. O'Connell's own grandparents arrived in New York in the early Twentieth Century. He holds both Irish and American citizenship.
He has been a serious student of Eighteenth Century European history, especially that of Ireland and France, for much of his life; one significant aspect of this has been a continuing scholarly as well as personal interest in the extended O'Connell family of Derrynane.
As a result, Mr. O'Connell is now writing a series of historical fiction novels, known as the Derrynane Saga. His first book, Beyond Derrynane: A Novel of Eighteenth Century Europe, was published by The Gortcullinane Press in July 2016, is in global circulation and has received a range of positive critical reviews, in the United States, the UK and in Europe. Two Journeys Home: A Novel of Eighteenth Century Europe, also a Gortcullinane book, continues and expands on the story begun in Derrynane and is the second of what ultimately will be four books in the Saga.
An alumnus of Don Bosco Preparatory School, O’Connell is a graduate of Providence College and Georgetown University Law Centre.