Remember those who served.

“It is important that we remember what brings us together – what interest we have in common. It is quite simply the common bond of past service in Ireland in her armed forces. We are old comrades in arms wishing to maintain and strengthen old associations and traditions.” Lieutenant General Michael Joe Costello

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Blood Red Sands. Goodreads Review.

I am delighted to have been able to leave a Goodreads Review for the next instalment in this military science fiction series from Irish author Damien Larkin. I've included the full text below. "I was privileged to receive an authors review copy of Blood Red Sands. I promised to provide an honest appraisal and feedback... Continue Reading →

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Naval Service variant DPM

Image Credit: 20mm Rheinmetall Training NSV DPM, NS Press Section. Delighted to have co-authored an article in this months An Cosantóir on the new Naval Service variant DPM. Having worked on this project for a number of years while serving with FORST, it is great to see it come into service. #Navy75 #StrengthenTheNation #IrishNavy75 FORST... Continue Reading →

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Bard of the Isles.

'Under the Mountain' is the working title of adventure book. Its genre could be best assigned to High Fantasy. I completely forgot to up date this page in December with my very good news. I was successful in getting Chapter One of this book published. I am very glad to say that I didn't forget... Continue Reading →

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Cobh Little Library

I am delighted to say that this Cobh Little Library project which has been burning away slowly for a number of years, has now come into being and taken it's first steps. Cobh Tidy Towns and Cobh Readers & Writers shall be working together to make this Little Library a reality. In just a couple... 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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Over the Deck

Twelve feet above the deck,The smell can make you gag,Five hundred salt water soaked,Unwashed humans in forty degrees, Make a few bad jokes to cover up your shame,That your stomach churned at scabies riddled teenager,Sunglasses will hide guilty eyes,To mask your revulsion, Overcompensate later by giving an extra ration,To a brown-eyed child,Draped from shoulder to... Continue Reading →

Storm clouds gathered…

Big afternoon #StormChasers. Chapter 1 has left the building to a very kind #Alpha #reader. A skilled #writer & a good #friend. It's a weird feeling, excitement mixed with that dollop of dread. The 1st chapter is hugely important, it sets up the next 46! Irish #Adventure #Fiction

Rinn Duáin

Tá scéal an-Éireannach agamsa. Scéal faoi crunniu seans i na scáileanna teach solais. Dé hAoine seo caithe a tharla é. Bhí fear agus me fein ag comhrá í nGaeilge mar bhí ár gcuid páistí ag imirt i bpáirc. 'Cá as tú?' arsa mise. ‘An Spidéal’, a deir sé. ‘Rugadh mé ansin’, a deir mise. ‘Caithfidh... Continue Reading →

Not Alone in the Silence.

Not Alone in the Silence.Who are you? Called to wake mid-morning light,To face the hurts and hardships of the day,For not alone, we stand against this blight,A multitude of hands unto the fray. Despite those times on immigrants they spat,Raising empty cries or barbed calumnies,Here far from home in distant Gujarat,Nurse they now our stricken... Continue Reading →

The Silence Anthology.

In July last year Pat Carroll, drawing on inspiration from the photography of Rob O'Connor created The Silence. This project brought together over forty-five creatives, authors, poets, artists, and photographers to explore their experiences during the first lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was privileged to take part with all these wonderful people below... Claire... Continue Reading →

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 →

21st Day of September.

On the 21st day of September, on the international day of peace, conflicts rage across the planet, people die from twenty cent Czech bullets, five Yuan Chinese machetes, two hundred Ruble Belorussian boots, six hundred Dollar vigilante assault rifles, as well as one hundred and seventy thousand dollar bombs, a response to headlines screaming terror,... Continue Reading →

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