Leo Madigan

Leo Madigan (28 September 1939 - 25 July 2015) was an author.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and education

Madigan attended St Thomas' preparatory school in Naenae, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, run by the Sisters of Mercy, and the Sacred Heart secondary school in Auckland, run by the Marist Brothers. He went to sea as Catering Boy, MV Wendover, London in 1956. From 1958–1960 he was a novitiate with the Trappist order.


After work as a psychiatric nurse and a short spell in the Royal Horse Guards, Madigan appeared in minor roles on the London stage in 1963. From 1964–75 he was a rating in the British Merchant Navy.

Madigan then attended Sidney Webb College and was awarded the BEd degree of the University of London in 1978. From 1979–81 he worked in the educational arm of The Marine Society, edited The Seafarer magazine and taught at Gravesend Sea School. He taught at Fatih Lisesi (Fatih High School) in İzmir, Turkey from 1981–82. He sailed to the Falkland Islands on MV Uganda for the Marine Society in 1982 before teaching in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets from 1983–88.

In 1988, Madigan moved to Fuzeta, Portugal, where he worked as a local journalist and published several books. He moved to Fátima in 1998, where he has published extensively about the Shrine (the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima) and other Catholic-oriented works.


Non Fiction

Madigan has written short articles for The Seafarer, Blackwood's Magazine, Fairplay International Shipping Weekly and Catholic Life in the UK, Soul in the USA and many English language publications in Portugal. His full-length works are:


In addition to short stories appearing in The Seafarer and East End Magazine in the UK and The Algarve Magazine in Portugal, Madigan has written the following full length fictional works:

Prizes and Awards


Interview: EWTN Bookmark – 2012-06-10 – Exquisite Miniature by Leo Madigan on YouTube

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