Patrick Ryan was born in Thurles, County Tipperary and lives in Dublin. He had a very successful career in banking during which he held a number of posts at executive level, including that of Chief Executive of a company providing consulting services to banks in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Following his retirement in 1999, he studied history and creative writing at University College, Dublin.
His grandfather, Hugh Ryan, was a cousin and contemporary of Archbishop Ryan. When he researched the life of the archbishop while compiling his family tree, he felt compelled to ensure that his story would be told and his achievements acclaimed through this biography.