Bridie – Short Story

Originally published in the 2016 Tales Irish collection. Bridie Not one picture of my parents’ wedding exists. As I searched through my mother’s old Roses tins of photos and raggedy albums, I knew I wouldn’t find any.  It didn’t matter now, the Mass card picture had already been chosen. My mother’s slow death was followed … Continue reading Bridie – Short Story

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Bingo – flash fiction

Some flash fiction for the May Bank Holiday! I remember feeling so sore when my little brother, then aged about 6, won £50 (a huge sum to an 8 year-old!) at a drive-in bingo in Meath. In this piece of flash fiction I wanted to explore that sense of begrudgery! BINGO  They generally got a … Continue reading Bingo – flash fiction

The Workplace Wardrobe

A poem about office clothes. The Workplace Wardrobe Sad black cardigan  Hanging on the wall  One small mercy,  You're not rolled up in a ball.  Worn out ballet pumps  Shoved into a drawer,  For your existence,  You wanted so much more.  Last year's sunglasses,  Underneath a binder,  When you were purchased,  You were a good bit finer.  Tobacco-prigged lip … Continue reading The Workplace Wardrobe

Lift

A modern-day Christmas Carol for one Dublin hipster. First published in the Sunday Independent. Of course my phone was dead when I got stuck in the lift. It’s the classic sort of thing that happens to me. Without a watch, it’s hard to tell how long I have been here, maybe an hour? I’m writing … Continue reading Lift