An Cosantóir – 80th Volume 1940-2020

The new electronic An Cosantóir is now out and available online via the link below. If anyone would like to read part 1 of my article on Fleet Support Group of the Irish Naval Service Not in the least bit biased of course towards the hardest working unit of Artificers in the NS (Of all... Continue Reading →

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11th Anniversary Edition of Live Encounters Poetry & Writing.

It is a privilege to be part of this incredible 11th Anniversary Edition of Live Encounters Poetry & Writing, Insta: @liveencounterspoetry Twitter: @MagEncounters Thank you very much to Mark Ulyseas, Insta: @markulyseas Twitter: @marculyseas, I really appreciate you having my work included with these fantastic writers and poets. The work which goes into producing these two special... Continue Reading →

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‘While Nobody is Watching’ Goodreads Review.

I was delighted to able to write this review of Cobh author Michelle Dunnes new book for An Cosantóir recently. Michell is an Irish Defence Forces and United Nations Peacekeeping Veteran. I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of being a Beta reading for this cracking story. " 'While Nobody Is Watching' is the third... Continue Reading →

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody! Just wanted to make sure to thank all who has supported Paper Never Refused Ink this year, and to wish you all the best for 2021. 2020 has been a truly terrible year for many people, and our thoughts tonight are with those who are ill, or are recovering, and most... Continue Reading →

In the Low Valley.

In the dampness of the low valley,all rows are remarkably dry and kept,a handsome sty from rushy field,brings the wandering foot,to light upon the hard-packed earth. Fingers intertwined,hard grip to hold back,a binding in the throat,of a half-remembered smokey knee,beside the range,memories of the exuberant release of the dark bottled gift,illicit suck of bitter suds,tasting... Continue Reading →

Fill Your Books!

The Fill Your Books! blog is a collection of micro-interviews with writers and creatives about some of their favourite books. It is curated by Colin Dardis. I was delighted to take part back in an interview in August, 2020. You can find the interview by following the link at the bottom of this post. Let... Continue Reading →

Black Bough Poetry Micro-Poems

The Milky Way over the Fungus Rock, Gozo (Blue)Gilbert Vancell. Defiance.I'll tear a sheet of starlight for your blanket,a burnished cloth of gold to ward off fears,there beneath bright Apollo, you'll greet the morning,curled inside your mother's wounded feet,eyes defiant shimmering flakes of jet,burn away the fog of my appearance,from deep within that ragged bundle,a... Continue Reading →

Bard of the Isles

Very pleased to be able to participate in the Bard of the Isles 'Tuesday Challenge' This week's TUESDAY CHALLENGE posted by Phil Parker was : Write a story of precisely 100 words that must include the word 'kerfuffle' (a Celtic-derived word which means "a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.").As usual, we'll... Continue Reading →

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