During Train's three-year hiatus from 2006 to 2009, Monahan produced a solo album entitled , which was released in 2007 and featured guest contrbutions by Brandi Carlile, Graham Nash and Richie Sambora.
He wrote or co-wrote all of the fourteen songs, including lead singer "Her Eyes," which reached the ninth spot on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
Des also wrote a memoir by the same name, which was short-listed for an Irish Book Of The Year Award.
The My Dad Was Nearly James Bond live show previewed in Melbourne, before opening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to widespread acclaim and five star reviews including Brian Logan of The Guardian who called it “a coup de théâtre…compelling…like diamonds, this show is forever”.
Identity cards, ‘Cool Britannia’, Drink and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ were some of the trademarks of the 1990’s but for the Teetotal and drug free Monahan it was ‘cake and tea and R ‘n’ B!The record also cracked the Billboard Top 200 albums chart at number 82.Even when Train was actively together again, Monahan continued to find time to collaborate with other artists.He made a sharp cameo appearance in Jim Sheridan’s movie In America as a coke-fuelled obnoxious business man and he has co-written two successful stage plays: Rap Eire and Shooting Gallery, the latter being commissioned as a drama adaptation by RTE / Grand Pictures for broadcast in 2016.In total, Des has released five bestselling stand-up DVDs: Des Bishop Live at Vicar Street (2004); Des Bishop Live (2005); Des Bishop – Fitting In (2006); Des Bishop – Tongues (2007); and Desfunctional (2009 His latest special, “Made in China” will be released by Universal Pictures in November 2015.He is now fluent and the show, Breaking China was another major hit for broadcaster RTE in 2014 and he also made a half hour radio documentary about the rise of Stand Up in China for the BBC World Service called “Stand up for China”.