Talkin’ Squirrel Blues launch (Dundalk)

The official launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues is getting nearer! This week, I had the pleasure of meeting SinĂ©ad Roche and the wonderful staff at Dundalk Tourist Office. Looking forward to working with them as we help to promote local businesses in the run up to the book launch. 🙂 The book launch will take…

Refresher Training Blues… Live!

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN! An underground bootleg video has emerged of my reading of Refresher Training Blues at the recent Sunflower Sessions evening in Dublin. Check out the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KDpOFkH61M Many thanks to Eamon Mag Uidhir for surreptitiously recording the performance and sneaking it onto the collectors' black market. If the video makes…

Refresher Training Blues

Last night, I got another chance to flash my wares... The Sunflower Sessions took place in Nealon's on Capel St, Dublin. This time, I presented another flash fiction piece: Refresher Training Blues. I have worked in the e-learning and education sectors for the last twenty(!) years. In that time, I have come to develop a…

Launchin’ blues

Floyd is getting ready to launch himself into the wider world, in all his bloodshot-eyed, bushy-tailed glory! A book launch for Talkin' Squirrel Blues will take place in Dundalk in January 2017. Followed a few weeks later by a Dublin launch. Stay tuned for further details! I launched all my dreams with her, but in time…

Gone Home Again

On 5 October 2005, my mother passed away. Shortly afterwards, I wrote a poem about her. Each year since, I've published the poem in the local newspaper, around the time of her anniversary. A small gesture to let her know that she's not forgotten. And here it is. Gone Home Again A Sunday dinner, then…

Freedom’s Just Another Word

It has been a while since I flashed in public… But this week I was invited to read a piece of flash fiction at the Sunflower Sessions at Nealon’s pub in Capel St, Dublin. Nealon’s provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for poets and fiction writers to share their work with a supportive audience. Refreshments…

Flaherty’s Honeymoon Blues

When Fingers Flaherty got married, his (few) friends sadly shook their heads and whispered that the marriage would never last. As his battered car smoked away into the dusky distance, carrying the slightly happy couple to their new life together, his (few) friends wiped away the tears and prepared themselves for the inevitable catastrophe. Flaherty wiped the…

Crazy Blues

Fingers Flaherty wasn't the first disgruntled lover to sing the blues! People have been battling with the blues - or the "blue devils" as they once were known - ever since they started falling in love with each other back in those dark caves. They discovered that fire could keep away the prehistoric chill. And…

Wintry watery blues

Life is an ocean, so the philosophers think. Life's an ocean, them dusty philosophers think. Well, the storm's a-brewin', my boat's startin' to sink. Fingers Flaherty There's a light, a certain kind of light, that pours over the landscape on a winter afternoon, enveloping the mountains in a languid melancholy, making the sea contemplate the…

Blue skies, blue eyes

There ain't nothing new to see under God's blue skies. I tell ya, nothing new to see under them blue and shiverin' skies, 'Specially when ya look at them through bloodshot alcoholic eyes. Fingers Flaherty This photo was taken earlier this month in Omeath, County Louth, overlooking the sublime serenity of Carlingford Lough towards the…