Welcome to the website of Patrick Semple, former Church of Ireland clergyman and author. Patrick has had two volumes of memoir published, two novels, a travelogue, a creative writing handbook, two collections of short stories and two collections of poems. He was editor of 'A Parish Adult Education Handbook', and ghost wrote 'That Could Never Be', a memoir by Kevin Dalton. He has had short stories published and broadcast.

Patrick taught for five years a creative writing course at National University of Ireland Maynooth, Adult Education Department and for the last five years has done public readings of his work in Kempten, Bavaria.

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2 November 2014


As Voltaire lay dying, within days of his death he received two letters. One was from Abbe Gaultier urging him to confess and become reconciled to the Church. Following upon this letter two priests, threatening to refuse him Christian burial, … Continue reading

25 October 2014


PEACEMAKING IN A COMPLEX WORLD Friday, November 21st, 2014 @ 7.30 pm Quaker Meeting House, Monkstown, Co Dublin With Michael Semple Leading commentator on the Taliban Movement QUB Visiting Research Professor, Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice … Continue reading

24 July 2014


RESPECTABILITY To be respectable is to receive respect; to be worthy of respect for observing the perceived norms of civilised society. Religion in Irish society has, until recently, been the foundation of these norms. Respectability is a curse. It causes … Continue reading

19 July 2014


YOU ARE INVITED TO THE LAUNCH by PATSY McGARRY (‘Irish Times’ Journalist) of ‘NATURE’S PLAYTHINGS’ A NOVEL (a sequel to ‘Transient Beings’) ‘After the events of “Transient Beings” the former rector finds that he is adrift in an unfamiliar world. … Continue reading

20 April 2014


POETRY, PROSE AND MUSIC FRIENDS YEARLY MEETING The Kings Hospital, Saturday 26th April 2014 Music: Gillian Armstrong – Piano Readings: Patrick Semple To a Wild Rose – McDowell  Albert The Mountain A Visit to His Grandparents The Little Black Boy … Continue reading


TWO NEW BOOKS: A novel; Nature's Playthings and a collection of short stories: Another Slice? Both were launched by Patsy McGarry on 10th September, at The Quaker Meeting House, Pakenham Road, Monkstown, Co Dublin. See : Launch Details

Natures's Playthings - A Novel, (a sequel to 'Transient Beings')
"After the events of 'Transient Beings' the former rector finds that he is adrift in an unfamiliar world. We see him come to life after the pressures of his wife's alcoholism and his own crisis of faith. As an older man he finally has the opportunity to find some contentment in his life and relationships."

Another Slice? - A Collection of Short Stories
"This collection of short stories looks at the lives of those with an inability to take control of their circumstances. Their predicaments are portrayed with a wry sense of humour and an eye for detail."

April 2013   Question and Answer session with Mel Ulm

Recent Publications : Transient Beings, Curious Cargo, Being Published, Slices of Life

Interviews :

  Interview with Aisling O' Rourke of Midlands Radio 103

  Interview with Shauna Gilligan

  Cork Humanists - Guest Patrick Semple on YouTube   Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  Recent Interview with John Murray on RTE1

  Two Interviews on 'Spirit Level', Joe Duffy, RTE : Spiritlevel
  Scroll to Video Archives of 19th Dec and 30th Jan and in both cases go to 32 mins 47 seconds

  25th June 2011 interview with an American radio station : FFRF News