1942- ; b. Moycullen, Co. Galway; ed. Moycullen National School, St Marys
College, and UCG; teacher in Galway, Rockwell College, and Belvedere,
Dublin; lecturer in Irish at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; winner
of IACI Butler Lit. Award; Bean Aonair agus Scéalta Eile
(1974); Buicéad Poitín agus Scéalta Eile (1978); An Lánúin agus Scéalta Eile (1979); Ar
na Tamhnacha (1987); Iosla agus Scéalta Eile (1992);
et al. Gróga Cloch (1990), novel; Maigh Cuilinn, A Táisc
agus a Tuairisc (1986), folklore and history of Moycullen; As na
Cúlacha (1998), novel dealing the life of Connemara site-worker
in London with a strong emphasis on his sexual appetites; issued Ingne Dearga Dheaideo (2005), stories. DIW
The March Hare and Other Stories, trans. Gabriel Rosenstock (Cló-Chonnachta
1995), 151pp., cover by Brian Bourke and Johan Hofsteenge [fifteen stories]; As na Cúlacha (Cló Iar-Chonnachta 1998), 307pp.; Gróga Cloch (Cló Iar-Chonnachta 1991), pb., pp.192; Taomanna (Cló Iar-Chonnachta 1991), 38pp.; Ingne Dearga Dheaideo (Cló Iar Chonnachta 2005), 195pp. [17 stories].
Pol Ó Muirí, review of As na Cúlacha (Cló-Iar-Chonnachta),
in Irish Times (20 Feb. 1999), [q.p.]; an account of a Conamara
Gaeltacht navvy on London building sites in the 1960s; it is in
a very coarse way a mans story. Women are little more than objects
of lust and the female form is depicted in savagely anatomical detail
. Men are the vital and brutish beings in this universe. They work
and take their pleasures where and when they can find them. They narrator
becomes a brute in a foreign field; freed from familial bonds and censure,
he ruts his way around the concrete higheways and byways in an attempt
to satisfy his lust. Needless to say, his cravings have a price.
there is a sense that this novel lacks a little something to lift it out
of the minutely descriptive into the truly imaginative.