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UCC Short Story Competition

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of UCC’s founding in 1845, UCC Alumni and Development has commissioned a short story competition with all stories featuring the famous and lovely UCC campus. I was very happy to be one of the judges for the competition along with Dr Éibhear Walshe, Director of Creative Writing at UCC and author of The Last Day at Bowen’s Court and Danielle McLaughlin, author of Dinosaurs on Other Planets and The Art of Falling. There are various prizes for the winners who were announced in April 2020 along with their citations, here.

Fiction at the Friary and On Campus UCC 98.3FM

I was delighted to feature in this radio/podcast series recorded and broadcast by UCC98.3FM. The show comprises nine programmes featuring authors reading and being interviewed on location in UCC, as well as invited guest authors and open mic readers at Fiction at the Friary, a regular fiction event held in Cork City and a wonderful literary resource. Some of the other writers featured are: Cónal Creedon, William Wall, Mary Morrissy, Catherine Kirwan, Sarah Harte, Madeleine D’Arcy, Danielle McLaughlin and Eimear Ryan, along with many open mic readers from Fiction at The Friary.

Everything one of the sports books of the year 

Everything, the Autobiography of Denis Coughlan was chosen as one of the Irish sports books of the year in three newspapers. The Irish Times: Malachy Clerkin said that the book was ‘gorgeous, lyrical and redolent of a different time in some places but also strident and insightful about modern GAA tensions in others’. Click on the link here The Sunday Times said: ‘The equivalent of a fireside chat, warm and genial and full of Leeside lore.’ Click here to see the link. The Irish Examiner picked it as one of the 10 sports books to read for Christmas, Enda McEvoy saying: ‘A warm, chatty and immensely enjoyable book, with the presence as ghostwriter of the novelist Tadhg Coakley adding a sheen of class.’ Click here to see the link.

The 2020 Cork One City One Book Virtual Tour

Because of Covid-19 we couldn’t have any live events around the Cork One City One Book award for my novel Whatever It Takes. Instead, I was filmed on a ‘virtual tour’ of locations that feature prominently in the book. These include The English Market, Coalmarket Street, Lavitt’s Quay and Pope’s Quay. I read a short passage from the book and said a little about the location at each stop.

Excerpts from Everything in Seven Newspapers

There has been a wonderful response to the book with seven local and national newspapers publishing extracts. Click on the links to read them. Irish Examiner September 28. The Bitter Cork GAA Row that even The Taoiseach Couldn’t Defuse Irish Examiner October 30. Denis Coughlan on Christy Ring: ‘He was very upset. He went pale when the hurley broke’ The Irish News, November 11. Cork legend Denis Coughlan almost paid penalty before 1967 All-Ireland semi against Cavan

Cork Person of the Month for October, 2020

Cork Person of the Month for October, 2020 I was very honoured to be chosen as Cork Person of the Month for October, 2020, along with the great writer William Wall. While there was no official ceremony, due to Covid-19, my name and Bill’s go forward to the selection of the Cork Person of the Year for 2020. Click here to learn more about the award.

West Cork Literary Festival Online Event

I was delighted to be part of an online literary event as part of the West Cork Literary Festival, 2020, with the brilliant writers Louise O’Neill and Catherine Ryan Howard. Louise’s gripping thriller After The Silence and Catherine’s latest brilliant crime novel The Nothing Man were both published this summer along with my book Whatever It Takes. The event took place on Zoom and was really well attended.

Cork One City One Book Launch

Cork City’s One City One Book was launched by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy in Cork City Library on 14 August. A discussion on the book with myself was led by poet and writer Thomas McCarthy, behind closed doors. Click here to watch the discussion  

Cork Person of the Month for October, 2020

I was very honoured to be chosen as Cork Person of the Month for October, 2020, along with the great writer William Wall. While there was no official ceremony, due to Covid-19, my name and Bill’s go forward to the selection of the Cork Person of the Year for 2020.

Interview on The Arts House with Elmarie Mawe

I was delighted to be interviewed by the wonderful champion of the arts in Cork, Elmarie Mawe for her show The Arts House on Cork’s 96fm and C103. We had a great chat without giving too much away about the plot of Whatever It Takes!