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Seán Mac Mathúna

Seán Mac Mathúna was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was educated in St Brendan’s College, Killarney and University College, Cork..

His short stories were regularly published in the Irish Times and the Irish Press in English, and in the magazine, Comhar, in Irish. He received great acclaim as a skilful short story writer with the publication of his collection, Ding (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1983) with the freshness of his imagination and his sense of humour being noted in particular. His play, The winter thief / Gadaí géar na geamh-oíche, was performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1992; in English for four nights of the week and in Irish for another two. Each night was performed by the same company, which had not been done before in the history of drama in Ireland, or in any other small country. The play won the Bank of Ireland Drama Prize in Listowel in 1991 as well and was very positively reviewed. The Galway Theatre performed his play, Hula hul (Leabhar Breac, 2007) in 1999.

In 1999 he published Banana (Cois Life, 1999), his second collection of short stories in Irish. In 1999 Banana (Cois Life, 1999) won Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin / Leabhar Gaeilge na Bliana. When Ding agus Scéalta eile and Banana were out of print, Cois Life published a selection of his stories under the title Úlla (2005) which has since been reprinted. Seán has received much acclaim for his works; the best of which was adapted in the audiobook, Niall Tóibín ag léamh gearrscéalta le Seán Mac Mathúna (Cois Life, 2009). As well as this, An Chomhairle Ealaíon named The atheist and other stories (Wolfhound, 1987) for a European Union Prize for Literature.

Seán has also won Oireachtas awards for his novel, Gealach (Leabhar Breac, 2012), described by critics as a real page-turner.

Updated June 2017


Cros na sceilge (Coiscéim, 2013)
Gealach (Leabhar Breac, 2012)
Hula hul (Leabhar Breac, 2007)
Scéal eitleáin (Coiscéim, 2005)

Short Stories

Úlla (Cois Life, 2005)
Banana (Cois Life, 1999)
Ceardlann 85 (Coiscéim, 1988)
Ding agus scéalta eile (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1983)
The atheist and other stories (Wolfhound, 1987)[aistriúchán an údair féin ar Ding agus Scéalta Eile]
Blas (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1979)
Ráfla (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1978)


The winter thief (The Abbey Theatre, 1992)


Niall Tóibín ag léamh gearrscéalta le Seán Mac Mathúna (Cois Life, 2009)

Seán Mac Mathúna at Cois Life

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