Athlone Launch of Mick Donnellan’s New Novel “Mokusatsu” May 5th @ Athlone Castle.

You are invited to the launch of:


A new novel
Mick Donnellan. 
May 5th @ Athlone Castle. 
Time: 2pm. 

*As Part of the –Poetry in the Park -Monthly Meeting.

Media Contact: Mick Donnellan
Tel: (087) 9422942


Mokusatsu is the long awaited sequel to Novelist Mick Donnellan’s first book El Niño. Despite the Japanese name, Mokusatsu is set in Ireland – and a significant part of the story is set in Athlone. Charlie, the protagonist, is out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the death of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm.

Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him.

And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better?

At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

Poetry in the Park

Poetry in the Park is a community event, open to all ages and nationalities. It is held on the first Sunday of every month at 2pm. This month’s event will take place in Athlone Castle and will feature many local writers and poets. As usual, all writers present will have a chance to showcase their work and read from the latest volume of the highly regarded Poetry in the Park Publication. The group have been kind enough to offer Mick Donnellan the opportunity to launch Mokusatsu on the day. It also promises to be a very exciting and creative time around Athlone as the All Ireland Drama Festival will be in full swing. All are welcome and urged to attend and the invite is open to all artists, families and anyone else looking for day out with a cultural difference.

Mick Donnellan is from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. He has worked as a novelist, screenwriter and playwright for many years. He currently lives in Athlone, Co.Westmeath, where he teaches Creative Writing at the Athlone Institute of Technology. Mokusatsu is his third novel. You can read more about Mick on




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Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.