Monthly Archives: September 2012

Part 2 on St Patrick’s Institution

More grim reports from St Patrick’s Institution for young offenders. A second series of statistics given to me reveals that three out of ten young men in the jail are on protection – for their own safety or the safety … Continue reading

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No need to call Max von Sydow

Plans to write again this morning didn’t look good at 3.50am. The little missus had erupted into one of her scary ‘night terrors’. For those who don’t know, it’s a suped-up nightmare acted out where the child is like the … Continue reading

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In the trenches

Did 1,000 words this morning, in less than an hour. I’m going to tell myself that’s good. Quantity wise at least. The quality will come with the rewrites. Won’t it? Have to say it is a bit of a struggle. … Continue reading

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Gang violence cranks up

Well, it certainly was one of those days. And nights. Starting with a gangland murder at breakfast time and finishing with another, 12 hours later. The immediate reaction from hacks was that the second murder, that of Declan O’Reilly in … Continue reading

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Problems in St Pat’s

The lid on St Patrick’s Institution for young male offenders (17-21) is creaking open and it ain’t looking pretty. Figures I got from the Prison Service and published in the Irish Examiner show that a third of all assaults by … Continue reading

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Irish Crime Fiction

Attended my first meeting of the Irish Crime Fiction group last Friday. I was humming and hawing about going beforehand – the usual putting yourself and your work down – but eventually said, f*** it, go! Glad I did. A … Continue reading

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Gangland

Just in case you missed our special on gangs in the Irish Examiner last weekend, below are the links to the articles. First, is the news story… http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/gardai-fracture-limerick-gangs-as-60-jailed-207738.html Second, is the scene in Dublin, on the back of the murder of … Continue reading

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