I was wondering to myself the other day how many well known popular writers have come from Cork and I did a little bit of research on this and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Here are some that I found and rediscovered.
If you are from a particular vintage you read Frank O’Connor’s short stories in school and I have the Collected Stories on some dusty shelf somewhere. He is best known for his body of work in this space with Guests of the Nation being one of his most well known and first short stories (and a blog of short stories of the same name).
The movie The Crying Game is meant to be in part inspired by this story.
Drummer with legendary Cork rock band Sultans of Ping, Morty has one published work of Cork slang published in 2010 called Dowtcha Boy. It is a must-have if you want to speak properly to a Cork person. I knew Morty well in college and he is a super nice guy. He now lives and teaches now in Sweden and I assume he can speak slang Swedish as well.
Louise O’Neill is a Clonakilty based author who writes primarily for young adults, with a strong focus on feminist issues. Her first novel Only Ever Yours was published in 2014. Her novel Asking for It will premier this year at the Cork Midsummer Festival next year. Almost Love her third novel is out in March.
Alice Taylor born in 1938, at Newmarket, north Cork, she was the sixth child in a family of seven, . She is best known for her debut memoir To School Through the Fields which spoke of her life growing up in Liosnahseoga. She has published several more memoirs and a lot of them revolve around her life in Inishannon, Cork, and Kerry. She is one of Irelands and Corks best-known writers.
Seán Ó Faoláin
Ó’Faoláin is one of Corks best-known writers also well known for being on school reading lists for many years was born in 1900. His Collected Stories a selection of 90 stories of Irish people is a good introduction to his writing. As a short-story writer, novelist, biographer and essayist he became one of the key figures forming cultural debate in Ireland from the 1930s onward.
His work challenged the Catholic Church and the new State for its repressive treatment of people and the failure to live up to the republican ideals he had fought for.