I’m from Mallow, living in Cork city.
I am the author of three books, The First Sunday in September (Mercier Press, 2018); Whatever It Takes (Mercier Press, 2020), the 2020 Cork One City, One Book choice; and the autobiography of Denis Coughlan, called Everything (Hero Books, 2020) which I co-wrote.
My 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, Silver Apples and elsewhere.
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.
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’