Catherine de Courcy

Catherine de Courcy is an author, travel writer and historian who has published in Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the United States. She has a BA and a Diploma in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin, and an MA in history from the University of Melbourne.

Catherine is an authority on the history of zoos and has published extensively on the subject, particularly on the development of Australian zoos. She recently completed Dublin Zoo: An Illustrated History, which was described by the Independent Zoo Enthusiasts Society, UK, as ‘probably the best-ever zoo history book from these islands’.

She met her husband, John Johnson, an Australian army officer and Vietnam veteran, while working in Papua New Guinea in 1986 and moved to Melbourne with him. Together they travelled the Australian outback and wrote two desert travel books. Following John’s death in 2000, she returned to Ireland, where she works as a writer full-time.



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Books by Catherine

Dublin Zoo: An Illustrated History
The Collins Press, August 2009

Catherine de Corcy -   Dublin Zoo: An Illustrated History

As Dublin Zoo makes the transition from bars and cages to state-of-the-art animal habitats its story, beginning in 1831, is recorded.  The mixed fortunes of the Zoo are traced as it survived the Famine years, political trouble, economic hardship and public discomfort with wild animals kept in cages.  Dublin Zoo’s proud past is united with present and future direction as the extraordinary changes in recent years are described.

Praise for Dublin Zoo

Shines a light on the rich and varied tapestry of Dublin Zoo’s 179-year history
Sunday Business Post

Some of the more memorable and exciting moments [of Dublin Zoo’s history] are brought to life by 400 dramatic images
Irish Daily Mail

A joy to read
Irish Examiner