McGrath new­est Com­pass colum­nist

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The Com­pass is pleased to wel­come writer and out­door en­thu­si­ast Dar­rin McGrath as its new­est reg­u­lar colum­nist.

McGrath’s bi-weekly col­umn is called Cop­per Ket­tle and is de­but­ing on Page 5 of this week’s edi­tion.

McGrath lives in his cabin at Ma­hars,where he’s one of only 20 year-round res­i­dents, mak­ing him the ideal can­di­date to write an out­door col­umn.

He is the author of eight books in­clud­ing The New­found­land Coy­ote and Moose Coun­try. He writes for mag­a­zines such as Out­door Canada, Cana­dian Wildlife and Amer­i­can Bea­gler. He won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Na­tional Mag­a­zine Awards.

His col­umns have ap­peared in The Shore­line news­pa­per, which cov­ers Con­cep­tion Bay South, for the past two years, and he’s also writ­ten spo­rad­i­cally for other New­found­land news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines.

McGrath is a mem­ber of Bea­gle Paws, a group ded­i­cated to the proper treat­ment of hunt­ing dogs and find­ing homes for Bea­gles that are no longer wanted by their own­ers. He is the proud owner of two Bea­gles.

The 44-year-old grew up in St. John’s and his late fa­ther, Pa­trick McGrath, came from Col­liers. He has a masters de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy, and com­pleted a the­sis on big game poach­ing in New­found­land in 1992. It was this work that sparked his love of writ­ing.

“I do en­joy talk­ing to peo­ple and telling their sto­ries,” said McGrath.

He also has a bach­e­lor of arts in so­ci­ol­ogy and his­tory. When he’s not en­joy­ing the great out­doors, he works at LeDrew Lum­ber in Kel­li­grews.

Some might say he’s an overe­d­u­cated geek, and you won’t get any ar­gu­ment from McGrath.

“ I’m overe­d­u­cated be­y­ohd my level of com­mon sense,” he quipped.

Read­ers can ex­pect McGrath to tackle a va­ri­ety of is­sues, rang­ing from the con­tro­ver­sial long gun registry to coy­ote pre­da­tion on the cari­bou, and he in­vites fel­low out­door en­thu­si­asts to pitch ideas.

He can be reached by e-mail at mc­grath­dar­rin@ya­hoo.ca, or by call­ing 709-690-6790.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass Dar­rin McGrath de­buts this week as the new­est colum­nist in The Com­pass.

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