About Me


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

My second novel, Whatever It Takes, will be published in June 2020 by the Mercier Press. This is a contemporary crime novel set in Cork wherein Garda Detective Collins goes to war with the leading criminal in the city. In a battle of wills, only one of them can win. Collins is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure it’s him. Click here to see more on this book …


My first book, a novel in stories, The First Sunday in September, was shortlisted for the Mercier Press Fiction Prize, 2017 and was published by The Mercier Press in August 2018. It tells the story of a fictional All-Ireland Hurling Final Sunday, from the points of view of several recurring characters, exploring recurring themes. 

The US publishing rights and all dramatisation rights are available for The First Sunday in September.

I am currently seeking a literary agent for the US rights of the book and for other forthcoming work.

More Information and Reviews of The First Sunday in September here.

Some Interviews about The First Sunday in September here.

Some Information about Work in Progress Here.

Front Cover Final

Contact details: 

Email: tadhg dot coakley at gmail dot com

Twitter: @TadhgCoakley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tadhg.coakley


More About Me 

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 essay: ‘Five Moments in Sport’ was published by The Stinging Fly in May, 2019 and republished in The Holly Bough in November 2019. 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. Since 2018, several  articles  and reviews of mine have appeared in the Irish Examiner.

Various articles and interviews and reviews of The First Sunday in September are available here. 

In September 2019 I interviewed Lisa McInerney and Cónal Creedon at the Cork International Short Story Festival.

I featured in the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2019 when I read from The First Sunday in September with the sports writer Mary White. I also interviewed the writer Eibhear Walshe at another event.

I read from my essay in the Summer 2019 Issue of The Stinging Fly during the Cork Midsummer Festival Crosstown Drift in Nano Nagle Place, in June 2019.

I did a reading at Rosi’s Tinted Spectacles in Maureen’s Pub, John Redmond’s St., Cork in May 2019.

I read in Waterstones, Cork on a World Book Day event in March 2019, with Thomas McCarthy and Danielle McLaughlin.

I was the feature writer at the Fiction at the Friary in September, 2018. More about this great Cork literary event here.

I read with Carys Davis and Danielle McLaughlin for Cork Culture Night in UCC in September, 2018.

I also read at Mallow Public Library, Ballincollig Public Library and Bandon Books in September 2018 as promotion of The First Sunday in September.

I read my story Angels at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September, 2017. 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. Video below.

My story hows tommy boy was selected to be read at the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2016. I have also read my work at The Killorglin Arts Festival (K-Fest) in June 2016, at the Launch of Quarryman in U.C.C. in March 2016, and at The Fiction at The Friary events (Open Mic) in Cork City in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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

Here’s me with three other writers after my reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September, 2017. From left: Mary Rose McCarthy, Anne O’Leary (winner of the competition), myself, and Billy O’Callaghan (judge and moderator of the reading).


Here’s a video of me reading my story Angels (Mary Rose and Anne reading too, introduced by the great Billy O’Callaghan) that day. I’m at 34 minutes.


  • Hi Tadhg, Came across your book by accident and loved it. I can relate to most of your characters, especially the drinkers and knockers.

    I remember you in Colmans as a classy hurler and an over enthusiastic extra in the Mikado.

    I attended in the interim period between Dermot and yourself , and survived.

    Looking forward to the follow up.


    Sylvie O’Mahony.


    • Hi Sylvie, great to hear from you. I remember you well from Colmans. Thanks for the kind words but I wasn’t a patch on you as a hurler. The follow up is in progress, thanks again for reading The First Sunday. T.


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