Dubliners: Meet Eddie Smyth, an author from South Dublin

by Padraig Conlon

In this week’s edition of Dubliners, we chat to Eddie, who felt as if where he was born in South Dublin never quite fit in with it’s neighbours.

“I was born in Dublin in 1961 and grew up, if I ever did, in a place called Manor Estate in Dublin 12, a small housing estate that bordered Greenhills, Perrystown, Terenure and Walkinstown, with Kimmage, Crumlin and even Templeogue not much more than a stone’s throw away.

Our official address was Manor Estate, Terenure, Dublin 12.

Though say that to anyone that came from actual Terenure and they would, most likely, disown us and remind us that Terenure was not in Dublin 12.


We were amalgamated for sports with Perrystown, hence Manortown United, who I played soccer for very badly for a while at under-age, our parish was Greenhills, and I went to St. Peter’s school in Walkinstown, which was actually just at the end of my road, and if you ever had the misfortune to fall foul of them, or even needed their assistance, we were under the jurisdiction of the Crumlin police.

It was all very confusing, and, I think, might even have left me with an early identity crisis that maybe helped with my inspiration to write.

I’ve been writing bits and bobs since the age of about five, that’s all I ever wanted to do!

My novel The Prince was published in the 1990s and, even though with very little publicity, it sold quite well, and I was able to make a living from it for a while, but then I ran out of money and I ran out of books, and realised that I’d have to get a job for a while, that was over twenty years ago!

Now though, because a lot of people enjoyed it, and I always wanted to get it out there again, I’ve finally got around to releasing a new version and titled it ‘The Revenge Of The Stoned Rats (The novel previously known as The Prince)’

The novel revolves around the life and times of the, ultra-imaginative, young Billy Sikes, who is neglected and abused, especially by his awful cousin Agnes, whose life will never be the same again when his mysterious half-brother Herbert suddenly arrives into it.

Set in Dublin in the 1970s, Billy tells his story to a background noise of the preaching of the Catholic Church, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the war in Vietnam, the warbling of popular music, and the wisdom of his revered, older cousin, Anna.

In my life I’ve also worked as a stores and warehouse operative, forklift driver, motorcycle courier, and as a door-to-door and telephone sales person.

I now live in Slane, in County Meath.”

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