About Me

Hi, my name is Paddy Stapleton. I am an English and PE teacher from a small town in Tipperary called Borrisoleigh where I have been entrenched in sports, especially hurling all my life. I was lucky enough to represent my county for a number of years and managed to be apart of some great teams with brilliant players.


Reading for Fun! - As a child that struggled with literacy, being exposed to topics I enjoyed started me on a journey to expand my reading skills. I wanted to produce an Irish book for Irish kids! Sports were my obsession as a child, and providing a story that resonates with the modern-day kid was a huge motivation for me.


Being a second-level teacher means I see how kids struggle to maintain balance in a world filled with scrutiny and pressure, be it from peers, adults, coaches, teachers or social media. Through Fitzy and his friends, Up In The Air shows children that no matter how perfect other people's lives seem, there are always struggles, but you can get through them if you persevere.