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Roddy Doyle

Had a wonderful time at Fighting Words Cork yesterday. Roddy Doyle was there to officially launch the project at Graffiti youth theater. I had the pleasure of a short interview with him. Hopefully the Cork Evening Echo will publish my article on the launch and Roddy’s interview.

figthing-words-with-roddy-doyleThanks to Niall Cleary, of Fighting Words, for the pic and a great launch.

It’s an exciting time for things literary in Cork with Fiction at the Friary now happening on the last Sunday of each month.

Happy Writing


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Fighting Words

For those poor souls among you not fortunate enough to live in Cork, here is the link to the piece published in the Cork Evening Echo yesterday.


Keep on keeping on.

Happy writing.

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A Lapse of Concentration

Episode #44

Winner of the Kenny/Naughton Short Story Award and the Golden Pen Short Story Award as well as a runner up for numerous others, Mary Rose McCarthy’s voice is beautiful, wise, and rich. We discuss her writing as well as her view of the world in this episode, after she reads her stirringly painful story.

Listen to “A Lapse of Concentration” by Mary Rose McCarthy

Having gone round in circles living in London, Sierra Leone and Dublin, Mary Rose McCarthy is now back where she started in West Cork. She writes in an attempt to make sense of the world.



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A New Year. A Thought

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on the mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Essays: First and Second Series as excerpted in Meditations on Nature, MeditaBockety Teddy for Alicetions on Silence

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Sometimes I knit

This blog has been quiet over the last number of weeks. People have wondered why. When I mention knitting they stare in open mouthed disbelief.  Sometimes I write.  Sometimes I knit. Both require patience, following a pattern or idea, ripping back and starting over. One is practice for the other. So here is smidgen of proof. That yes I do knit.


Bockety Teddy for Alice



Happy writing.

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The Other Stories

Sadly this blog has been neglected for the last number of weeks. And like most of us can’t really say where the time has gone.  However there is a little gem of good news to share:

The Other Stories is a platform for writers to share original work of any genre. The podcast is fully produced and scored with original music. Some time ago I submitted a story to them and was delighted when founder and host Ilana Masad accepted it.
A few evenings ago thoroughly enjoyed reading my story ‘A Lapse of Concentration’ and afterwards chatting to Ilana Masad about it. All this via Skype and all recorded for the podcast. When it is aired will let you know as you can listen in anywhere in the world, via the website or subscribe on iTunes.  Will be in a couple of months time.  Am looking forward to hearing the music that will accompany the story.  Meantime you can listen to other episodes on http://theotherstories.org 

And as always keep on keeping on.

Happy writing.

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Eternal sunset, eternal sunrise

The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continent and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

John Muir.


Always, someone somewhere is awake, reading, writing, listening.  Inspiration never sleeps just need to tap into it and keep plodding on.

Happy writing.


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