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John Waters

John Waters (born on 28 May 1955) is a columnist with The Irish Times, a former editor of Magill magazine and serial Eurovision Song Contest entrant.

Waters’s career began in 1981 with the Irish political-music magazine Hot Press. He went on to write for the Sunday Tribune and later edited In Dublin magazine and Magill. Waters has written several books and, in 1998, he devised The Whoseday Book — which contains quotes, writings and pictures of 365 Irish writers and musicians — that raised some €3 million for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Waters is an ardent supporter of the fathers’ rights movement in Ireland.

He writes a weekly Friday column for The Irish Times. He was briefly fired during a dispute with the editor, Geraldine Kennedy, but was shortly thereafter reinstated. He has also stripped off to be painted for the RTÉ programme, simply titled Naked.