McGinley, Patrick

Patrick McGinley
Patrick McGinley. Image source NUI Galway

Patrick McGinley was born in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal in 1937.

His novels include Bogmail (London, Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1978); Goosefoot (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1982); Fox Prints (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1983); Foggage (New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1983/London, Jonathan Cape 1984); The Trick of The Ga Bolga (Jonathan Cape, 1985); The Red Men (Jonathan Cape 1987); The Devil’s Diary (Jonathan Cape, 1988); The Lost Soldier’s Song (London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1994);and Cold Spring (Dublin, New Island Books, 2013).

His novel Goosefoot was filmed in 1987 as The Fantasist and reissued as The Fantasist (London, Flamingo, 1987).

He settled in Britain in the 1960s and now lives in Kent.


Patrick McGinley at The National Library of Ireland