First Confession

Frank O’Connor was a Cork born author who lived from 1903 to 1966. He really deserves a lot more recognition for his work and many compare him to Joyce and Yeats.
A recent short story award in his honour awarded 50,000 Euro to the winner!
I would hazard a guess that his most famous story is First Confession, and is a great read!

8 thoughts on “First Confession

  1. First Confession is one of the best short stories, i have ever read. its childish voice is killing me. That makes you think catholisism from a child’s point of view. It is really difficult to confess even to ourselves. So it is a nice story.

  2. My mother is looking for exploring english books 1,2 and 3 she sat her inter-cert in 1976 and leaving-cert in 1978 and would love copies especially the ones that carried short stories and poetry. Any help you could give would be much appreciated, thank you

    1. Hi Aishling,

      I am also looking for copies Exploring English 1,2 & 3 , did you manage to get get copies. Please let me know.

      Best wishes,
      Joe Killion

      1. so am I, I did my leaving cert in 1984 and misplaced those books and ever since have had difficulty in finding those books in stores etc.,

        Teresa O’Brien

        1. Exploring English has been republished in its original format and is on sale again. If you know of anyone looking for it, you can contact me through my email and i will give you the name of the guy that is delivering them. They are currently on sale for €8.

    2. Hey… I believe that Gill and McMillan are re-publishing exploring english 1 (the short stories) i guess we’ll have to wait for 2 (prose) and 3 (poerty) in due course…. look on gill and mcmillans website… slán

  3. This week I was called a dinosaur.
    Perhaps. I did my Inter in ’75 and the Leaving two years later. Anyway, I would love to get copies of any oe all of Exploring English 1,2 and 3

  4. I live in London but travel to Ireland frequently.
    I am looking for copies Exploring English 1,2 & 3. I saw a copy of one in a second-hand bookshop a few years ago and I’m still kicking myself for not buying it then. Can anyone help ?

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