Cormac O’Keefe

Posted by Sue Leonard on Wednesday 13th June 2018

Cormac started his career in journalism when he was at university, editing first, ‘Probe,’ then the UCD Student Union News.

“I then worked for Big Issue for a year, before returning to university to take a Masters in Journalism.”

Afterwards he freelanced for RTE’s Morning Ireland, Magill, The Irish Independent, The Sun, The Sunday Tribune, and The Irish Times.

“They published my thesis- on ecstacy- over two days. A lot of my features were in the drugs area.”

He joined The Irish Examiner in 2000, and has been covering crime, justice and the area of drugs ever since.

“I started taking notes for my novel in 2010. I live near the canal and there’s no shortage of colour. I wanted to encompass the communities affected by gangs, and to include the work of the gardaí, and write a thriller.

“I had my setting and my characters, but I was half way in before I started figuring out the plot. That, and the structure, took a huge amount of drafts. I’d get up really early.”


Who is Cormac O’Keeffe 

Date of birth: 27th August 1971, in Waterford City.

Education:  De La Salle College, Waterford. University College Dublin; Politics History and Economics. Dublin City University, Masters in journalism.

Home: South Inner City, Dublin

Family: Wife Jacinta, Adam, (died at birth) Quinn and Fay aged 10.

The Day Job: Security Correspondent with the Irish Examiner.

In Another Life: “I’d like to live by the sea eating fish, drinking wine and hanging out with the kids.”

Favourite Writers: Donal Ryan; “I think he’s extraordinarily gifted.”  Belinda McKeon; Mike McCormick; Gene Kerrigan; Jo Nesbo.

Second Novel: “I’m going to write a sequel.”

Top Tip: “Keep going. Don’t send it out too soon. And try and identify two or three people who will give useful feedback.”

Web: Twitter: @COKeeffeWriter

The Debut: Black Water. Black & White Publishing: €14.89  Kindle: €5.87. 

Coaching junior football, Shay hopes to rescue his charges from a gangland life, but young Jig looks up to Ghost – the man who rules the streets around Dublin’s Grand Canal. Then an atrocity changes everything. Can the Garda intervene before a greater tragedy ensues?

The Verdict: Violent and gritty, this debut sings with authenticity. I couldn’t put it down.


Published in The Irish Examiner on 21st April.

© Sue Leonard. 2018 


One comment so far

  • “Web: http://www.cormacokeeffecrime. ”
    Hi Cormac, I have a good story about connected two subjects : expolitation, braking law and Electric Picnic.
    Theme is very acctual, have to be write just now, maybe go yourself to Strandbally look around a.s.o.
    Are you interested about this ? Today or tommarow before midday. I was there working two days – big mess, can tell you some story about exploitation. I’m waiting for your answer

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