About me

This is my blog.

I’m Tadhg Coakley, I’m from Mallow, living in Cork. I’m a writer.

My book, The All-Ireland, was shortlisted for the Mercier Press Fiction Prize, 2017 and will be published by Mercier Press in 2018. The book tells the story of a fictional All-Ireland Hurling Final Sunday in 2014, from the points of view of several recurring characters, exploring recurring themes.

I graduated with first-class honours from the M.A. in Creative Writing course in University College Cork in 2017, focusing mainly on short-form fiction. My stories have been published in The Honest UlstermanQuarryman and Silver Apples journals. My story Angels was short-listed for the From The Well Anthology, 2017 and appears in that anthology. A short film of mine was published in THE CINE FILES journal.

My story hows tommy boy was selected to be read at the 2016 West Cork Literary Festival. I have also read my work at The Killorglin Arts Festival (K-Fest) in 2016, at the Launch of Quarryman in U.C.C. in 2016, and at The Fiction at The Friary event in Cork City in 2016 and 2017.

I read my story Angels at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September, 2017, which was a great thrill. This was an event showcasing the Smoke in The Rain Anthology, the 2017 From the Well Short Story Competition, organised by Cork County Libraries and Arts Service.

I have finished a first draft of a contemporary crime novel, set in Cork City. It’s the first of a trilogy. The working title is: Fail To Prepare. Literary agents, take note…

Here are some of my short writings.

You can reach me at tadhg.coakley@gmail.com most days.

Here’s me with three other writers after my reading Cork International Short Story Festival. From left: Mary Rose McCarthy, Anne O’Leary (winner of the competition), myself, and Billy O’Callaghan (judge and moderator of the reading).


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