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Tadhg Coakley

I’m from Mallow, living in Cork city.

I’m a writer

I am the author of two books, The First Sunday in September (Mercier Press, 2018) and Whatever It Takes (Mercier Press, 2020), the Cork One City, One Book choice.

An autobiography of Denis Coughlan, which I co-wrote, will be published in October 2020 and a memoir/book of essays, A Place Beyond Words, will hopefully be published in 2021.

My short stories, articles, and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, Irish Examiner, Irish Times,, The Holly Bough, The Honest Ulsterman, Quarryman and Silver Apples.

My Books

Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes, my second novel, is published by Mercier Press. It is the One City, One Book 2020 choice for Cork.

It tells the story of Detective Garda Collins, who is based in Cork city. Collins is at war with the leading local criminal, Dominic Molloy (‘The Dom’).

Whatever It Takes depicts a dark realism and shows the battles of will and intelligence that go on in the world of crime and policing.

The First Sunday in September

My novel in stories, The First Sunday in September, was published by Mercier Press in 2018.

The book tells the story of a fictional All-Ireland Hurling Final Sunday, from the points of view of several recurring characters, exploring recurring themes.

It was shortlisted for the Mercier Press Fiction Prize, 2017.

Other Publications

The Stinging Fly – ‘Five Moments in Sport’

I wrote an essay, ‘Five Moments in Sport‘, and the lovely people at The Stinging Fly published it in May 2019. In July 2019 they kindly put the essay online on their website and so you can read it on the Stinging Fly Website

The Irish Examiner – ‘Getting the right result from Covid dreaming’

A recent article for the Irish Examiner about how surreal sports has been during the Covid-19 pandemic and I right some old wrongs. Turns out it’s a nightmare and not a dream after all. You can read it here

The Irish Times – ‘A Reflection on Covid-19 and its Impact on my Second Book’

So You Wrote a Second Novel. The Irish Times kindly published a series of questions I asked about the delayed publication of my second book and cancellation of its launches. You can read it here


My Blog

I’ve been keeping a blog for a number of years, recording my thoughts on a number of different subjects, including sport, travel and the natural world.

How Sport will be changed by Covid-19

So How Was your Sporting Covid-19 Lockdown?

Good and bad.

I was busy on a book called Everything, the Autobiography of Denis Coughlan, and being active was a great boost in the grim month of April when the whole country was battling to prevent our health system being overrun by the virus. Having a sense of purpose each morning and working my way through the book, sentence by sentence, provided me with a guiding light through the uncertain darkness.

My family were all safe and healthy and none of them, thank God, lost […]