Brendan Hoban was born in Ballycastle, Co Mayo in 1948. He attended Ballycastle Boys¹ NS, St Muredach¹s College, Ballina and St Patrick¹s College, Maynooth before he was ordained for the diocese of Killala in 1973, where over the last 40 years he served in seven parishes and for a term as Communications Officer. Since 1980 he has written a weekly column in the Western People and since 1989 has presented and produced Faith Alive, a religious magazine programme on Mid-West Radio. In 1997, he helped to found Céide, a review from the margins and in 2010 he was a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests.
He has written 14 books, most of them on church and priesthood, and more recently on ecclesiastical history, among them Turbulent Diocese, The Killala Troubles, 1798-1848.
He is at present completing a trilogy on Readings in Killala Diocesan History, the first of which Trouble & Strife, Fifty Killala Priests was published this year. His latest book, Who Will Break The Bread For Us? has just been published. He has contributed regularly to journals like The Furrow, Spirituality, Studies and Intercom and to print and electronic media as a commentator on church affairs. He is at present PP in Moygownagh, Co Mayo.