I’m a Mallow-born writer, living in Cork city with my wife, Ciara. I’m the author of five books.
My current book is a follow-up to Whatever It Takes, in the Tim Collins series of crime thrillers, published by the Mercier Press in 2023. It’s called Before He Kills Again.
My fourth book is The Game: A Journey into the Heart of Sport published by Merrion Press in 2022. It was a bestseller and was shortlisted for Irish Book of the Year.
My third book is Everything, The Autobiography of Denis Coughlan, which I ghost-wrote. That was published by Hero Books in 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.
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 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’.
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, Cork World Book Fest, the Cork Short Story Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, The Kinsale Literary Festival, The Dingle Literary 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 Winter Papers, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Times, The Sunday Independent, RTÉ.ie, 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.