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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).

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, The42.ie, 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 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.

The First Sunday in September 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 on the Irish Examiner Website

The Irish Examiner – ‘A blend of then and now in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh’

A piece on the opening of the new pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the first time the great Cork women’s football team played there, in a double header with the men. You can read it on the Irish Examiner Website

Sporting highlight of the year

My sporting highlight of the year, Seamus Callinan’s wonder goal in the All-Ireland semi-final against Wexford, showing that sport can be a wonderful thing. You can read it on the Irish Examiner Website

News

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.

Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes, my second novel, is due for publication on the 31st of July, 2020, by the Mercier Press. 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’).

Unlike his colleagues, Collins is not willing to accept the human degradation caused by Molloy’s drugs, violence and prostitution. A famous former inter-county hurler, he hates to lose. He has made up his mind to bring Molloy down, but […]