N. T. (National Teacher Training), BA (Irish, English and Philosophy), H. Dip. Ed., MA in Culture and Communication Studies. Having spent 38 years as a teacher and 14 of those as the principal of a comprehensive school, Frank Byrne has now embarked on a full-time PhD program. His area of research is the part played by phone-in radio programs in the democratic discourse of modern Ireland. In addition to his career as a teacher, he has also been a freelance radio producer with the national broadcaster, R.T.E., throughout the 80s. He has also written radio drama for children.