About

Welcome!

Up the Banner Ché and KMcD. Kilkee 2014
Up the Banner Ché and KMcD. Kilkee 2014

I’m Karen J. McDonnell – a writer living in the Banner County – County Clare – in the West of Ireland.

I have been blogging about reading and writing for a few years. You can link in directly from this site to my writer’s blog readwritehere.wordpress.com

My fiction, non-fiction, travel-writing, photography and poetry have been published in newspapers, journals and anthologies in Ireland and abroad. My work has won awards and appeared on various long- and short-lists.

Here you’ll find introductions to my work – written and aural – and my Writer’s CV.  You can also keep up with any readings, festivals, or workshops I’m involved with.

I got a Diploma in Radio Production in 2014, so I’ve put up some podcasts of programmes, readings, and features. I also volunteer with Kinvara FM, in Co. Galway. I hope to broadcast more Western Skyline shows with them.

Stick around. I’d offer you tea and biccies, but I don’t have a cyber-hospitality app yet!

“Cup of tea, Father? Ah, go on, go on, go on!” Photo c. K McDonnell

But if you really need a cuppa: I don’t live too far from Father Ted’s place.

 

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Thom Hickey April 11, 2015 / 5:28 am

    Delighted to have found you here Karen. Lots to explore on the music and literary fronts! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (where you’ll find Paul Brady, the chieftains and a poem about all Ireland Sunday as well as lots of other sounds!)

    • Karen J McDonnell April 14, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks, Thom!
      Yep – Paul Brady is a great man. I tried to get the freebie tickets for his special launch gig at Vicar Street but no luck!

      • Thom Hickey April 14, 2015 / 1:44 pm

        He’ll come round again! Thom

  2. Stephen kelly March 29, 2019 / 7:31 am

    Hi karen just read your article about the royal welch fusiliers in limerick. Im currently studying the barracks of limerick in particular 1901to 1922. For an ma in local history in ul. I previously served with army for 32 years in limerick. I would love to hear more about the fusiliers and your grandmother. Particularily any photos etc
    Kind regards Stephen

    • Karen J McDonnell April 13, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      Hi Stephen,
      I don’t have photos of her with the Fusiliers as such. The best thing to do is email me directly via the website, and we can discuss it further – if that’s ok?

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