Kevin Cahill

Kevin Cahill BA Hons English Literature, Coleraine campus

From Sandhurst to the Sunday Times, we explore the interesting and varied career of alumnus Kevin Cahill.


Kevin was educated at Rockwell College, Cashel, County Tipperary, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned in July 1965 and served as a platoon commander in Aden, Bahrain, and Northern Ireland, leaving the army in 1968.


He attended Ulster University as a mature student from 1972 to 1975.   During Kevin’s time at university, he was Chairman of the Union and left with a BA Hons degree in English Literature. At university he won (with Michael Hughes) the Irish Times National Debating Championship.

Kevin later worked as a systems analyst at Farrington Data, Rank Xerox, Glaxo Ltd, Gulf Oil UK, and Singer & Friedlander merchant bank. He finished his professional career in computers as a project manager at International Computers Limited.

Kevin worked with Aine ni Curain and the Irish Drama society, and put on a ballad opera in Irish called Dado, which won the main prize at three provincial drama festivals ( West, South and North) and opened the main Irish drama festival in Dublin in 1975. The production won best actress and set design at the Northern festival.

Career in Journalism

In 1979 Kevin became a full-time journalist. Starting with Computer Weekly as International and Finance Editor, then went to Computer News as Deputy Editor. He was associated with various other computer magazines including Nikkei Computer and Asia Computer Monthly.

In 1988, he moved to work on the Sunday Times Rich List with Dr Philip Beresford and stayed at the Sunday Times in various capacities, including a major stint on Insight, until 1990.  He has written for the New Statesman and Country Life, has appeared on Despatches for Channel 4, and is Bureau Chief at the Global & Western News Bureau in Exeter, Devon.

Career in Politics

During a career in Politics, Kevin has been a part-time Research Assistant to the late Lord Ashdown in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He also worked for the Chairman of the Parliamentary All Party Human Rights Committee in the House of Lords and as a special advisor to Professor the Lord Laird of Artigarvan in the House of Lords.

He has advised many politicians including: Hon Richard Burke former European Commission Vice President; Gordon Brown on offshore taxation in 1993 and Robin Cook on the Scott Inquiry in 1995.

As an Author

Kevin has written several books on differing topics.  In 2021 Kevin will launch his 7th book in September.

Kevin’s bibliography includes:

  • The Principles of Business Systems (BIM Portsmouth 1968)
  • Trade Wars (‘with’ Paddy Ashdown MP)  W.H.Allen 1986/7.
  • The Sunday Times Book of the Rich (Weidenfeld 1991) (researcher with Dr Philip Beresford)
  • Who Owns Britain and Ireland (Canongate 2001/2)
  • Who Owns the World (Random House 2006/2007 and Hachette NY 2010)
  • Who Owns Ireland (The History Press April 2021)
  • Beer Quarry Caves. A stone age city in the West and a little sister for Stonehenge at Farway necropolis  (Wall Art Ottery St Mary September 2021)

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