I’m a Mallow-born writer, living in Cork city with my wife, Ciara.
My first book, The First Sunday in September – a novel in stories – was shortlisted for the Mercier Press fiction prize and was published in 2018 to much acclaim. Donal Ryan described it as ‘vibrant and authentic, brimming with intensity and desire’.
My second book, Whatever It Takes, is a crime novel set in Cork city and was published in August, 2020. It is the first of a series featuring its protagonist, Detective Garda Tim Collins – a Harry Hole, Dave Robicheaux, John Rebus type of character. It was the Cork One City, One Book choice for 2020.
My third book is Everything, The Autobiography of Denis Coughlan, which I ghost-wrote. That was published by Hero Books in September 2020. It got rave reviews and was selected as one of the sports books of the year by the Irish Examiner, the Irish Times and the Sunday Times.
I have just completed a memoir/book of essays about my life in sport (entitled: A Place Beyond Words from a quote by Joyce Carol Oates) and I’m seeking a publisher and agent for that. This book will interact with sport in the way that Olivia Laing interacts with isolation (The Lonely City), Amy Liptrot interacts with addiction (The Outrun), Helen McDonald interacts with grief (H is for Hawk), Robert MacFarlane interacts with nature (The Wild Places etc.) and Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine interact with the female body and female experiences (Constellations and Notes to Self). The book covers topics relating to sport such as identity, memory, family, the miraculous, the collective, art, toxic masculinity, homophobia, corruption, sexism, loss, time, ecstasy, the body, masculinity, joy, innocence and love. Especially love.
My current work in progress is a follow-up to Whatever It Takes, in the Collins series of crime thrillers. It’s called Everything He’s Got.
I’m a full-time writer and I’m committed to my craft. I regularly feature at Irish events/shows such as the West Cork Literary Festival, the Cork Short Story Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Culture Night, Cork Heritage Week, the Bray Literary Festival, Fiction at the Friary, the Book on One (RTÉ).
My short stories, articles, sports writing and essays have appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Times, The Holly Bough, the42.ie, Honest Ulsterman, Silver Apples, Quarryman and the From the Well anthology.
I’m a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing course in University College Cork.