Pat O'Connor


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Pat O’Connor lives in Limerick in the southwest of Ireland. He was a joint winner of the 2009 Best Start Short Story Competition in Glimmertrain, and in 2010 he was shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Prize.

In 2011, he was shortlisted for the RTE Francis MacManus Award for radio stories, and won the Sean O’Faolain Prize. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Fish Short Story prize. In 2013 he was longlisted for Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, and in 2014 for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award.

His stories have been published in Southword, Revival, Crannog, The Penny Dreadful, the Irish Independent, the Irish Times, Pure Slush (Australia), anthologized by the Munster Literary Centre, and broadcast on RTE.

His radio play This Time it’s Different, was broadcast on 95fm as part of the Limerick City of Culture program.

In autumn 2014, he was one of eight International Writers in Residence in Tianjin, China.

His story Advice and Sandwiches was included in the 2015 Anthology of Hennessy New Irish Writing, published by New Island.

His short story collection People In My Brain was published in November 2019.

“This is just outrageously good.” 

             Billy O’Callaghan, 

author of The Paper Man

“I thoroughly enjoyed it…….completely engaging.”

           Donal Ryan, 

author of The Queen of Dirt Island

“Funny, thoughtful, evocative……a deeply rewarding read.”

    Danielle McLaughlin, author of The Art of Falling

“Irreverent in the best of ways….there is joy in the writing”

Alan McMonagle, author of Laura Cassidy’s Walk of  Fame

Latest News

Writer in Residence , Split Croatia

I spent the month of November 2022 as writer in residence, courtesy of KURS (Association for the Promotion of Cultural, Artistic, Recreational and Free Activities), and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. 

Fabulous city, the old centre of which is a UNESCO World heritage Site, and the weather even in November is absolutely fabulous. That stone building to the side is the corner of Diocletian’s Palace (c.300AD).  Just what I need to finish this novel…

I’m beginning to send out my recently finished novel Being Alive. More news soon, hopefully…