RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition

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Friday 27th September

Salt by Triona Walsh

The final story in our series from the shortlist of the RTÉ Radio 1 Competition in honour of Francis MacManus. In Salt by Tríona Walsh, a young wife, miserable in her husband’s rural homeplace, struggles between supporting the dreams of the man she loves, and trying everything to convince him to leave. It’s read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú

Thursday 26th September

Toby, Toby, Toby by Dee Roycroft

Our series of short stories in honour of Francis MacManus continues tonight with the comic and inventive Toby, Toby, Toby by Dee Roycroft. It features a dog in a celestial spirit world, hoping to get to the next level of reincarnation. The story is read by Andrew Bennett

Wednesday 25th September

The Planters by Mel O'Doherty

Our series of short stories in honour of Francis MacManus continues tonight with The Planters by Mel O’Doherty, a story of a family tragedy at a time of great change in Irish history. It’s read by Gary Murphy

Tuesday 24th September

Filling in Blanks by Niamh Heery

Time for another short story now from our series in honour of Francis MacManus. In Filling in Blanks by Niamh Heery, a sick day at home makes a schoolgirl see the adults in her life in a new light. It’s read by Ruth McGill

Monday 23rd September

Out the Pontoon Road by Edward Melvin

Our season of RTÉ Radio 1 Short Stories in honour of Francis MacManus continues with 'Out The Pontoon Road' by Edward Melvin. It features the exploits of local hero Micheál playing out against the backdrop of a summer town regatta. It’s read by Emmet Kirwan.

Friday 20th September

News by Sheila Barrett

Our series of short stories in honour of Francis MacManus continues tonight with News, by Sheila Barrett. In this story, Margaret hopes for tidings of her son in America, who’s dropped out of contact. It’s read by Ali White

Thursday 19th September

WonderHouse (Some Assembly Required) by Stephen Walsh.

A story about one man's difficult relationship -- with a flatpack. Like all his relationships, it has instructions he should probably follow. But he has other ideas on which parts belong where... It is read by Peter Hanly

Wednesday 18th September

The Boxer Rebellion by Liz Houchin

Tonight's story is The Boxer Rebellion by Liz Houchin. This story won third prize in the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus. A woman doesn’t recognise her husband’s boxer shorts and decides her marriage must be over.The story is read by Janet Moran.

Tuesday 17th September

Vena Amoris by Niall McArdle, read by Eamon Morrissey

This story won 2nd Prize in the season of RTÉ Radio 1 Short Stories in honour of Francis MacManus 2019. In the story, a widower loses something precious: an object which has been his faithful companion through his marriage

Monday 16th September

Winning Story: Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2019

For the next two weeks, at the same time, you can hear a story from the shortlist of ten in the Francis MacManus Competition for 2019, selected from over 2000 entries this year. with the story that . Honey Days by Stephen O'Reilly won first prize in the competition - it's is a dark fairytale about artificial intelligence. It is read by Jane Brennan

Monday 1st October

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: Dog Days by Sean Coffey

At the suggestion of their counsellor, a couple make a day-trip together in order to bolster their ailing marriage. Their choice of destination proves inspiring but in ways neither they nor their counsellor could have envisaged.

Friday 28th September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: Shelter by Sarah Togher

A couple hope to buy their own home in a difficult financial climate. Their plans are more complicated when he has mental health difficulties and she must keep everything going.

Thursday 27th September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: The House Guest by Aisling Flynn

A dream-like fable wherein a mysterious house guest arrives one day to terrorize a mother and daughter. Their home is quickly thrown into chaos circling around feelings of loss, fear, and loneliness.

Wednesday 26th September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: The Widower by Nora Pyne

What is it to live out the grief of loss in a small town, but a loss that comes decades too early. When a husband or wife dies with young children still at home, the community offers condolence, but condolence often flavoured by sympathy, and the sympathy of unshared experience can be heavy, suffocating and isolating. Where does it leave the person left behind, publicly conspicuous as a young widow or widower, living a very private grief?

Monday 24th September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: Kamikaze by Aingeala Flannery

A young Irish woman tries to shed her skin during a filthy hot New York summer. She has to hustle for what she wants, but does she have the smarts to stay out of trouble?

Friday 21st September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: In Madness and In Feathers by Méabh de Brún

In a story that brings Celtic myth and magical realism to modern Ireland, the wife of the legendary Mad Sweeney battles the curse of a belligerent saint and the rising rental crisis, struggling to keep her head as her husband descends into madness.

Thursday 20th September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018

The 3rd place entry from this year's Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, 'Have You Seen Her Legs and other stories from Fat Land' by Claire Mulligan. The story equivalent is of death by a thousand cuts. Each vignette gives a glimpse into a moment in a girl's life where thoughtless words about her body leave marks that cannot be removed.

Wednesday 19th September

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: 2nd Place

Tonight's story is the 2nd place entry in this year's Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018: 'The New Place' by Peter McNamara. Phil’s mam has just moved out of the family home. In the story, Phil is visiting her in her new flat, and trying to figure out how he feels.

Tuesday 18th September

Winner: Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2018

The winning entry from this year's Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, 'Ashes' by Claire Zwaartman. 'Ashes' is the story of a pair of siblings scattering their father’s ashes. It is about the complicated nature of family, disharmony and moving on. In their early twenties, Mike and Emer must let go of anger and resentment with this final act.

Friday 1st August

The Talking Doll by Daniel Hughes

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: The Talking Doll by Daniel Hughes read by Patrick Dawson.

Thursday 31st July

The Last Time I Saw Valerie by Mary McGill.

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: The Last Time I Saw Valerie by Mary McGill.

Wednesday 30th July

Reminiscence, an Ice Age, an Otter and an Eel by Pól Mac Mathúna.

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Reminiscence, an Ice Age, an Otter and an Eel by Pól Mac Mathúna.

Tuesday 29th July

Happiness by Hilary Minch

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Happiness by Hilary Minch read by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh

Monday 28th July

Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington read by Aonghus Óg McAnally.

Friday 25th July

Chrysalis by Lesley Cassidy

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Chrysalis by Lesley Cassidy read by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh.

Thursday 24th July

Writing Slang by John Fleming

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Whaling Slang by John Fleming read by Gary Murphy.

Wednesday 23rd July

Red by Colin Burns

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Red by Colin Burns read by Andrew Bennett.

Tuesday 22nd July

Bedtime Routine by Simon Rochford

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Bedtime Routine by Simon Rochford read by Aaron Monaghan.

Monday 21st July

All There Ever Is by Toby McGrath

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: All There Ever Is by Toby McGrath read by Karl O'Neill.

Friday 18th July

Poked by Anne Donnelly

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Poked by Anne Donnelly read by Catherine Walsh.

Thursday 17th July

White by Alannah Hopkin

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: White by Alannah Hopkin read by Angela Harding.

Wednesday 16th July

Head Shot by John Martin

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Head Shot by John Martin read by Keith Hanna.

Tuesday 15th July

Mrs Ledbetter by Patrick Talbot

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Mrs Ledbetter by Patrick Talbot read by Caitríona Ni Mhurchú.

Monday 14th July

Tying the Knot by Clare O'Reilly

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Tying the Knot by Clare O'Reilly read by Aileen Mythen.

Friday 11th July

Bumblebee by Fiona Gartland

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Bumblebee by Fiona Gartland read by Angela Harding.

Thursday 10th July

Early Days by Joanne Hayden

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Early Days by Joanne Hayden read by Karen Ardiff

Wednesday 9th July

Silvercup by Fergal O'Byrne

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Silvercup by Fergal O'Byrne read by Andrew Bennett.

Tuesday 8th July

O Danny Boy by Peter McNiff

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: O Danny Boy by Peter McNiff read by Aaron Monaghan.

Monday 7th July

Bus by Dermot Christophers

read by Hugh O'Conor

Friday 4th July

He's Going Nowhere, Your Son by Fiona O'Rourke

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: He's Going Nowhere, Your Son by Fiona O'Rourke read by Catherine Walsh.

Thursday 3rd July

Venus and a Little Hell by Annemarie Neary

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Venus and a Little Hell by Annemarie Neary read by Robert O'Mahoney.

Wednesday 2nd July

Whalesong by Barbara Leahy

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Whalesong by Barbara Leahy read by Aonghus Óg McAnally.

Tuesday 1st July

The Chamber Pot by Richard Ball

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: The Chamber Pot by Richard Ball read by Andrew Bennett.

Monday 30th June

The Oyster Catchers by Beth Tyrell

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: The Oyster Catchers by Beth Tyrrell read by Kelly Campbell.

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