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Patrick McCabe (novelist)
Irish writer

Patrick McCabe (novelist)

Patrick McCabe (novelist)
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Quick Facts

Intro Irish writer
Is Writer Actor Screenwriter Novelist Children's writer
From Ireland
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 27 March 1955, Clones, County Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
Age 68 years
The details (from wikipedia)


Patrick McCabe (born 27 March 1955) is an Irish writer. Known for his mostly dark and violent novels set in contemporary—often small-town—Ireland, McCabe has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both of which have been made into films.


McCabe was born in Clones, County Monaghan. He resides in Clones with his wife artist Margot Quinn and two daughters, Katie and Ellen.

Literary career

McCabe's books include The Butcher Boy (1992) and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), both shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has written a children's book (The Adventures of Shay Mouse) and several of his radio plays have been broadcast by RTÉ and BBC Radio 4. He wrote a collection of linked short stories, Mondo Desperado, published in 1999. The play Frank Pig Says Hello, which he adapted from The Butcher Boy, was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992 and of course his singles 'Swimming Pool' and 'Ballad of Audrey Dash' and residences at The Bridge Mall Inn and the Mallow Hotel.

McCabe's 2001 novel Emerald Germs of Ireland is a black comedy featuring matricide. Winterwood, was published in 2006, and went on to become the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. 2009 saw the publication of The Holy City. The Stray Sod Country—his most recent novel— was described as "Strangely elegiac, gloriously operatic and driven by Patrick McCabe's wild and savage imagination, the 'Stray Sod Country' is an eerie folk tale that chronicles the passing of a generation."

The director and novelist Neil Jordan has adapted both The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto into films.

Zelig Theatre premiered the play Appointment in Limbo, written by McCabe, in Galway's Town Hall Theatre in 2008. Cathal Cleary directed.

McCabe and film director Kevin Allen are organisers of the Flatlake Festival a music festival held annually.

List of works

  • The Adventures of Shay Mouse (1985)
  • Music on Clinton Street (1986)
  • Carn (1989)
  • The Butcher Boy (1992)
  • The Dead School (1995)
  • Breakfast on Pluto (1998)
  • Mondo Desperado (1999)
  • Emerald Germs of Ireland (2001)
  • Call Me the Breeze (2003)
  • Winterwood (2006)
  • The Holy City (2009)
  • The Stray Sod Country (2010)
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