Donal Mahoney

Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in print and web publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Stories by Donal Mahoney

Saving Tim Murnane

Illustrated by Michael Ilkiw

Tim Murnane had been lying in bed and staring at the ceiling of his hospital room when a strange woman suddenly walked in. A mature, nice-looking lady, she wasn’t a doctor or nurse. She was dressed in her Sunday best–a voluminous skirt, puffy white blouse he could almost see through, and a pill box hat. …


The Bully, The Psychopath, Libby and Lorraine

Illustrated by Allen Forrest

Fred was a bully who always bothered Lenny on the way to school. Fred was four years older than Lenny. One day Lenny told him that when he grew up he would kill him. Fred laughed and probably didn’t expect to see Lenny that night, twenty years later, when Lenny waited for him in the …


Paddy Murphy’s Wake

Illustrated by Allen Forrest

The priest had been there earlier and the rosary was said and relatives and friends in single file were offering condolences. “Sorry for your troubles,” one by one they said, bending over Maggie Murphy, the widow silent in her rocker, a foot or so from Paddy, resplendent in his casket, the two of them much …


Caucus at the Parking Meter

Illustrated by Michael Ilkiw

For years Rocky’s Diner had always done a great business for breakfast and lunch but his dinner business had fallen off recently as folks moved to the suburbs, got married, died or simply went elsewhere to eat. He thought about closing early but he had a small cadre of elderly men, many of whom had …


In the Wake of Technology

Illustrated by Cait Maloney

Forty years ago, David Germaine had been an editor with a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in a large city. After that, he had worked at many smaller papers in smaller cities because if one wanted to work for a newspaper, one had to go where the work was. And David loved newspapers. As computers took over the …