Join Cúirt online with Mary O’Donoghue in conversation with Tara McEvoy as they discuss Mary’s book of short stories The Hour After Happy Hour, published by The Stinging Fly. 

Written over the course of ten years, while the author has been living in America’s northeast and southeast, Mary O’Donoghue’s stories in The Hour After Happy Hour reach into the wounds of immigration, transit, and exile. Here are modern, surreal dilemmas of rootlessness and failed returns. Here are people in their middle years struggling to be considered, let alone understood, in the fearsome day-to-day of the twenty-first century. Here too are the borders and battlefronts between parents and children. In each of these stories language is a first and last resort, and every sentence holds the force of fate.


The Stinging Fly is offering a 20% discount on Mary O’Donoghue’s The Hour After Happy Hour.

Available to purchase here

Coupon code: cuirt_book_club

Valid until Friday May 3rd 2024

Author Biographies

Mary O’Donoghue grew up in County Clare. Her first short story collection, The Hour After Happy Hour, was published by The Stinging Fly Press in 2023. She has published poetry collections with Salmon Poetry and Dedalus Press and translations in dual language volumes from Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Bloodaxe Books, and Yale University Press. Her novel Before the House Burns was published by Lilliput Press in 2010. She is senior fiction editor at the US literary magazine AGNI.

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