Review Quotes

Joyride to Jupiter (Short Stories)

Joyride to Jupiter

"O'Connor's language is clean and conscientious as well as poetic and lyrical, evident in the abstraction of "Yellow". The collection exudes a quiet confidence and exercises the exemplary restraint of a seasoned writer who knows when to pull rather than push."

Louisa Carroll The Sunday Times - 04-June-2017

"This blending of wry, caustic irreverence and meditative poignancy is central to the success of O’Connor’s storytelling. The mix is just right..."

Houman Barekat Irish Times - 10-June-2017

"Like a volume of rich poetry, this collection begs to be returned to again and again."

Anne Cunningham Sunday Independent - 18-June-2017


Evening Echo - 23-June-2017

"O'Connor has a sublime form as a poet, and even in an entirely different medium, her effortless economy of language and subtlety is writ large."

Tanya Sweeney Irish Independent - 1-July-2017

"Some of the characters in the 154-page collection are flawed, disillusioned, marginalised, the sexual nun, the mistress, the childless woman, even 'Jesus of Dublin' is given a voice. But above all there’s hope. You’ll come away from this collection re-adjusting your perspective, refreshed and charmed.
Joyride to Jupiter is a tonic for the soul."

Abigail Tuite at RTÉ Culture - 1-August-2017

"This is an outstanding collection wich excavates deep into the human condition"

Des Breen Irish Examiner - 19-August-2017

" Nuala O can form the words and can seesaw the human heart..."

Liam Murphy Munster Express - 19-September-2017

The Closet of Savage Mementos (Novel)


"...raw, beautiful and compelling, a 'must read'."

Deirdre Conroy in The Sunday Independent

"...her finest novel yet."

The Sunday Times

"Compelling and deeply accomplished, The Closet of Savage Mementos is the product of a powerful literary talent."

The Evening Echo

"It is difficult to write sex well, but Ní Chonchúir manages to strike a delicate balance between passion and poetry."

The Sunday Business Post

"...this engaging book...this most readable novel."

Irish Independent

Nuala Ní Chonchúir's characters and their relationships have about them that most precious and elusive quality: the ring of truth.'

Gerard Stembridge

[Ní Chonchúir] belongs to the pitiably small breed of female authors who do not prettify sexuality or physicality, and whose characters are fleshly, sensuous creatures as at ease with the rhythms of their bodies as they are with the rhythms of their minds. That’s one thing. The other thing is that she tells good stories, whether writing short fiction or long.

Mary O'Donnell from her blog Medea999

Compelling and deeply accomplished, The Closet of Savage Mementos is the product of a powerful literary talent.

Des Breen Evening Echo

...a book that will appeal to, and deserves, a wide audience.

Sara Keating Sunday Business Post

Trailer for The Closet of Savage Mememtos
Nuala reads an extract in Kennys Bookshop

Mother America (SHORT STORIES)

Mother America

‘...the prose is measured and graceful, rich with delectable turns of phrase and vivid descriptions that seem to paralyse time... Over the past decade, Miss Ní Chonchúir has proven herself a prolific and diverse talent.’

Billy O’Callaghan, The Irish Examiner

‘...Ní Chonchúir, like Frida Kahlo, documents female lives in ripe, uncompromising detail. I was also reminded of Edna O’Brien to whose groundbreaking work most Irish women writers owe a debt. Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of the flame.’

Cathy Dillon, The Irish Times

‘...Ní Chonchúir...immediately arrests the reader’s attention with jolting declarations, oddities and intriguingly out-of-place ideas...A short, satisfying read, Mother America offers shards of humour and solace in a collection primarily concerned with the complexities of the difficult task of writing about sex, the author shows particular flair.’

Eithne Shortall, The Sunday Times

"The themes of loneliness and consolation re-emerge in many of the stories in Mother America, none more so than 'When the Hearse Goes By', a powerful examination of grief and succour...This collection is a neat and rigorous examination of character, and while it may not be as overwhelmingly groundbreaking as Mansfield or O'Connor, the detail and skill evident in each story merits as much acclaim."

Éadaoín Lynch

"The stories in Mother America, a brand-new collection of writing from one of Ireland's young stars, are emotionally, locationally, and temporally diverse, and Ní Chonchúir's prose is both simple to read and beautiful to contemplate."

Zach Hively
Alone at the Microphone

"The descriptions in these stories are rounded, lush and womanly. Flowers, sex in Paris, betrayal in Frida Kahlo's life, the promises of children and the remains of such promises drop as dead as leverets from the split bellies of pregnant hares.
Ní Chonchúir's stories ... delineate the truth - that wishes for happy endings lead to fragile and transparent fates through which the past creeps back to take root."

Órfhlaith Foyle

Mother America Virtual Tour

To coincide with the launch, Nuala is on a virtual tour visiting blogs for interviews about the book and her writing.



'...You deserves to find a place in our pantheon of much-admired, beautifully crafted variations on a theme'

Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times

'...timeless, placeless and universal... a must read'

Yvonne Hogan, The Irish Independent

'...a vivid and immediate sensory experience,...Ní Chonchúir's ear - as you might expect of a poet - is alive to the language of her is about the ordinary, and the secret life that runs beneath it'

Kevin Power, The Sunday Business Post

'The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone...This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer to watch.'

Sue Leonard, The Irish Examiner

'...this novel uses plain prose, vivid detail, fresh images, and the delightful Dublin vernacular. You is a compelling story that brings to life complex characters and delivers hard-hitting truths.'

Ethel Rohan, Pank

'Her prose is both dignifying and empowering to her subjects, and it is her psychological ableness which will mark Ní Chonchúir as a writer of significance.'

Rachel J. Fenton, Melusine



"Nakedness rather than sex is the theme of Nuala Ní Chonchúir's Nude, nakedness and hiding linked like natural opposites, the delicacy of encounters and then the blunt proposition, the subterfuge and the revelation. Over it all is an elegant simplicity of language, a quilt of metaphor. Art and beauty are the threads that hold it together and ravel the lives of her characters. A beautiful collection of stories about beauty."

William Wall
Man Booker longlisted author of This Is The Country

"Nuala Ní Chonchúir's stories in her extraordinary collection, Nude, are at once ravishingly sexual and achingly, vulnerably human. The title not only refers to the body but to the human heart. She understands both with profound delicacy and compassion, and she has a pitch-perfect narrative voice to illuminate truths that are rarely spoken."

Robert Olen Butler
author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Tattoo : Tatú (POETRY)

Tattoo : Tatú

'Ní Chonchúir is an Irish poet whose work is both sensual and provocative, she bares her soul and examines the world around her in visceral and challenging ways.'

Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews

'Ní Chonchúir's poems possess a quiet self-assurance and the poise of style. She has the Chekhovian eye for detail and a gift for brevity and relevance.'

Cathal Ó Searcaigh, poet

'Ní Chonchúir writes in both Irish and English. Not since Michael Hartnett has there been an Irish poet who works with such facility in both languages.'


'Ní Chonchúir has a deft word-touch and is imaginative and resourceful with poetic ideas. [Her] work is vital and often funny and quirky, with a punchy diligence.'


To The World Of Men, Welcome (SHORT FICTION)

To The World Of Men, Welcome

'Ní Chonchúir is an Irish poet whose work is both sensual and provocative, she bares her soul and examines the world around her in visceral and challenging ways.'

Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews

'To The World of Men, Welcome, her second collection, has an air of professionalism and competence, which is the least she deserves: she is a real writer. Prevailing theme of these sixteen pieces is how relationships break up, and they are brimming with sensuality, art, secrets and loss. A Pauline Bewick painting is used on the jacket and depicts what not many publishers would allow on their jackets but like Ní Chonchúir's work, it is done so beautifully that nobody could take offence.'


'A bright and fresh collection of short stories exploring the promises and disappointments of love and relationships, this is a slightly and delightfully irreverent book full of female sensitivity and humour. The stories are bright and yet carry a deep sense of reality that brings the reader down to earth now and then. The economic use of language leaves as much unsaid as said and adds another level to the quality of the book.'


'Ní Chonchúir's gift with story-telling goes beyond the flat visuals of words on paper and describes an individual world in each story. In her second collection of short stories, she establishes herself as a writer who is committed to peeling back the veneer of ordinary lives to display the sometimes unfathomable choices people make and the collaborative cruelty in love relationships.'


'beautifully crafted. The language is often a joy to absorb' 'the descriptions of landscapes were superb.'


'To The World of Men, Welcome is so packed with life that when it came to its end it felt like being thrown out of a good party. These are strong stories and Ní Chonchúir has definitely found her feet.'


The Wind Across The Grass (SHORT FICTION)

The Wind Across The Grass

'I have always felt that poets are more alive than other people, that they see exquisite and painful detail in even the most mundane and neglected parts of life. Nuala Ní Chonchúir epitomises the poet/writer who uses the intensity of her poetry skills in prose to produce, in The Wind Across the Grass, sensualist microcosms of love, life and love gone astray. Here is a sharp but compassionate eye that can make us believe that these strange and wonderful characters breathe, hope and suffer....A good writer, like any good artist, should perturb and make us think. So with this criteria, she fully deserves all accolades accorded to her.'

Julia Bohanna, The Short Review

'Look for some big things to come from Galway's Ní Chonchúir. She has such a diversity of work and can say so much in just a few words that it's obvious she's also an award-winning poet. Her stories are filled with very astute observations, some humorous, some sad.'


'At long last there is a writer to rival [Mike] McCormack in the short story genre.'


'There is passion, mythology and raw human experience. Reading Nuala Ní Chonchúir, you learn that your life is reflected in what she sees. It is this quiet invading honesty of her words that makes her writing real.'


'[T]here is bright assessment here as Nuala Ní Chonchúir deftly sketches in her surroundings. Then emotions sweep in, deeper, unsettling. But confidence and intelligence are central in all [of her] writing, creating a safety net. She searches like a lighthouse, picking out the unusual.'


'[The Wind Across the Grass] is a rewarding collection.'


'Nuala Ní Chonchúir's short story 'The Queen of All Ireland' beautifully captures the child's voice and perspective.'


'This is a memorable first collection from the award-winning writer, the short stories leave a lasting impression on the mind of the reader.'


Molly's Daughter (POETRY)

Tattoo : Tatú

'[There is a] refreshing novelty to some of Ní Chonchúir's work, which shows every sign, already formidable and clear and strong, of developing into memorable poetry.'


'She writes with economy, lending strength and intensity to her poetry's delicate observations. Ní Chonchúir's poems are confident, grounded in place, full of familial personalities and relationships, always gleaning the full verve of their ambit.'


'Nuala Ní Chonchúir works on the economy of language, the sentiments in poems like 'Mother' enchanting in their simplicity.'