Born of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother Paddy Kelly is the eldest of nine. He left Ireland at the age of sixteen and emigrated to New York City working odd jobs such as pushing a hot dog cart and as an assembly line worker in a Pepsi Cola factory. He worked full time while finishing secondary school. In his last year he was offered an athletic scholarship for gymnastics and after finishing secondary school attended the City University of New York in Queens. It was here that he was first introduced to theatre and became interested in writing.

Due to the war in Viet Nam and the resultant military draft, the City University team was disbanded  thus cancelling his scholarship and Kelly signed up in the U.S. Navy.

In 1972 while stationed in Kevlavik, Iceland, it was with special permission from the president Kristján Eldjárn that Kelly was employed to coach the Icelandic National Olympic gymnastics team, a post held for two years.

While in Iceland he volunteered for and helped in the rescue efforts of the Vestmannaeyiar Island residents following the eruption of the Heimaey volcano.

​A year later he became a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy and, in April of 1975, assisted in the evacuation of Saigon and the resettlement of tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees to Westminster, Orange County, CA where he was first exposed to the world of film making, and later worked as a set carpenter and painter.

Following the end of the war, using the G.I. Bill, Mr. Kelly returned to university earning a bachelor’s in Biology with a concentration in zoology. While at university he supplemented his income working as a set carpenter and sign writer for films.

​After graduation he further developed his interest in writing when he found employment as a script editor. It was during this period that Mr. Kelly wrote his first novel, Politically Erect, a black comedy-political satire of the last days of the war in Viet Nam and the fall of Saigon.

With an economic downturn in America Paddy re-enlisted in the forces this time in the U.S. Army where he gravitated towards Special Operations and intel work. After passing the eighteen month selection phase Sergeant Kelly served twelve years as a Special Operations Medical Sergeant ​and worked his way through graduate school earning his M.Ed. from Worcester State College in Boston.

On graduation he moved to Dublin and began writing plays and moved into writing and directing full time, focusing on farce, satirical and political comedy.

Mr. Kelly has to date directed two dozen professional and amateur theatrical productions, a TV pilot, penned a half dozen feature film scripts and is a former contributor to various film industry publications.

Today Paddy Kelly is a prominent Irish novelist and playwright based in Dublin, Ireland and London, England, who writes in a Roman à clef style focusing primarily on politics and history sometimes with a dark, comic twist. He has been a professional writer for twelve years, with eight novels, a collection of novellae, short stories and half a dozen plays as well as a cook book.



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