Tadhg Croakley Dingle Literary Festival 2022

The Game, A Journey Into the Heart of Sport
Tadhg Coakley interviewed by Diarmuid Lyng

Venue: An Diseart – Chapel
Date: Sunday 20 November 2022
Time: 13.30 – 14.30 IST/GMT
Tickets: €8 in advance, €10 on the door


The Game, A Journey Into the Heart of Sport
Tadhg Coakley faoi agallamh ag Diarmuid Lyng

Ionad: An Diseart – Chapel
Dáta: Dé Domhnaigh 20 Samhain 2022
Am: 13.30 – 14.30 IST/GMT
Costas: Beidh na ticéid ar díol ar €8 roimh ré agus €10 ag an doras


Tadhg Coakley is from Cork. His debut novel, The First Sunday in September (2018), was shortlisted for the Mercier Press Fiction prize. His second, Whatever It Takes, was chosen as the 2020 Cork, One City One Book. Tadhg’s short stories, articles and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers, and The Irish Times, and he writes about sport for the Irish Examiner.

The Game Tadhg Croakley Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Part memoir and part cultural dissection on our obsession with sport, The Game sees Tadhg Coakley push his work in a completely new direction as he manages to mix first hand stories of his time as a fan and a player with essays critiquing several aspects of sport. The result, is is an entertaining and thought-provoking meditation on the uniquely intense highs and lows of loving sport in today’s world. The Game looks at topics such as identity, toxic masculinity, homophobia, innocence and love and is described by Coakley himself as mixing sport with memoir the way Emilie Pine mixes memoir with the female body throughout Notes to Self.

Copies of The Game will be on sale by the Dingle Bookshop at the event. The author has agreed to sign copies at the end of the talk.