February 23, 2015
The legendary broadcaster Weeshie Fogarty is a gentleman and a consummate professional. I was so delighted to be invited to do an interview with him on his radio programme "Terrace Talk" on Kerry Radio before Christmas. It was very special as my dad Donie was ill at the time and he was given a great boost when the programme aired and he subsequently had many well wishers contacting him.
Weeshie put me totally at my ease and we chatted about some of my childhood memories growing up in a fanatically GAA household in Kerry during which my Dad was, at various times, chairperson of the local Dr. Croke's team, a Kerry County Board delegate, the trainer of the East Kerry team that won the first all-Ireland club championship in 1972. He was also a selector of the famous Kerry football team in the late 70's. Weeshie and I even had a few minutes to discuss the publication of "Sweaters and Small Stuff!"
You can listen to the podcast of the programme that aired on December 15th last at http://www.radiokerry.ie/podcast_series/terracetalk/
February 6, 2015
Since Sweaters and Small Stuff was published, a few people have asked me how they can get a hold of the first story I had published, titled The Liar.
It was included in an anthology called A Pint and a Haircut, True Irish Stories edited by Garret Pearse and published by Londubh Books in September 2010. All the royalties from the sale of the book go to Concern's Haiti Fund.
The printed copy retails at €12.99 and it is also available as an eBook for €7.99 from Londubh Books. However, as it happens, when you go to the Londubh website and scroll down for the publication, it gives you the option to have a "look inside" and , hey presto, what story pops up only The Liar. You can have a free read at http://www.londubh.ie/?p=756.
It is a different genre to the fiction stories in Sweaters and Small Stuff as it is a memoir piece about my brother Kieran. I didn't get the solicitor's letter yet, so it must be true!