He is considered one of the authorities on the folklore of the Celtic lands and is credited with the resurgence of interest in the subject in the mid-1980's. His collections, 'Irish Folk & Fairy Tales,' 'Irish Myths & Legends' and 'Irish Ghosts & Hauntings' have remained continuously in print for the past twenty years and are now included amongst the definitive and most-quoted works on the subject.
Michael Scott was the Writer in Residence during Dublin's tenure as European City of Culture in 1991, and was featured in the 2006 edition of "Who's Who in Ireland" as one of the 1000 "most significant Irish citizens." [Source]
Author's Comment: Every writer I know keeps a notebook full of those ideas, which might, one day, turn into a story. Most writers know they will probably never write the vast majority of those ideas. Most stories wait their turn to be told, but there are a few which tap you on the shoulder and insist on being told. These are the stories which simply will not go away until you get them down on paper, where you find yourself coming across precisely the research you need, or discovering the perfect character or, in my case, actually stumbling across Nicholas Flamel's house in Paris.