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.

His stories have been published in Southword, Revival, Crannóg, The Penny Dreadful, the Irish Independent, the Irish Times, 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 2014.

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

His story Advice and Sandwiches was included in the Hennessy Anthology of New Irish Writing 2005-2015, published by New Island.

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Latest News

Book Launch

Limerick Writer’s Centre published a book of my short stories – “People In My Brain”. Limerick launch was held in Castle Oaks Hotel, Castleconnell on Wed Nov 13th  and Dublin launch was on Tuesday Nov 26th upstairs in the Palace Bar.

The book is now available in O’Mahony’s bookshop Limerick and from Limerick Writer’s website here. Other stockists include:

The Nenagh Bookshop

Spires, Nenagh

Books Upstairs, Dublin

Vibes and Scribes, Cork

Kennys, Galway (

The Winding Stair, Dublin (

On the Nail

Pat usually reads a short story or part of a story or novel at the On the Nail monthly literary gathering – at 8pm first Tuesday of each month in 2 Pery Square, Limerick.


Some published work


Some newspaper articles

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