Douglas-born, Billy O’Callaghan is the author of the short story collections: In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009, both Mercier Press), and The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind (2013, New Island Books), which earned him a 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award, one of the country’s most prestigious literary honours. He has also written a non-fiction book, entitled: Learning from the Greats: Lessons on Writing, from the Great Writers, which was published in 2014 by Cork City Libraries as part of their Occasional Series. His stories have been translated into Polish, Portuguese and Turkish, published in magazines and journals around the world, broadcast on RTE’s The Book On One, Sunday Miscellany and the Francis McManus Awards series, and selected – as Ireland’s sole representative – for UNESCO’s Cities of Literature project. He also reviews books for the Irish Examiner.
Billy McCarthy, a native of Cork’s South Parish, is a well-known personality in Douglas. He has a long association with (and is a former President of) the Douglas G.A.A. Club, as well as the Cork Folklore Project, and is also active with the Douglas Writers’ Group and the Young At Heart. In 2011 he published a collection of autobiographical reflections, stories and verse, Barnetstown To Ballinglanna, a volume that has gained notable acclaim for several of its pieces, particularly the nostalgic and freewheeling narrative rhymes of ‘Doing Pana’ and the tender lyricism of ‘Sweet Ballinglanna’. He is also a founder member of the Douglas Writer’s Group.
Pete Duffy, born and in Cork City in 1945, was a co-founder of the well-known group, The Reptiles, and gained significant airplay with several of his self-penned songs. Last year he celebrated 50 years in the music industry with the release of his latest album, ‘The Original Pete Duffy’. He still gigs widely and is much in demand; however, in recent years his artistic journey has begun to take him in another direction. He has written a very successful play, Closing Time, orated a CD compilation of his own narratives, Stories from Cork, and in 2014 published his first short story collection, the very well-received ‘Old Dog for the Hard Road’. He is a member of the Douglas Writers’ Group, and is currently working on stories for his next collection.
Douglas-born, Ronnie McGinn travelled the world during the 1960s and ’70s as road manager of showbands like the Dixies and Stage 2. In Cork, though, he is well known for his poetry, which has been published widely, and for his work in the publishing industry. Founder and Editor of the Douglas Post Magazine, which has held an esteemed place in the locality over the past decade, he also contributed a weekly poetry column for several years to the Irish Examiner USA. He is also Chairman of the Douglas Writers’ Group.