From Retired FDNY Lieutenant and Award Winning Author Billy O'Connor...

Da Mick joins Confessions of a Bronx Bookie on Amazon and Kindle!

DA Mick Now on Amazon!

DA MICK tells the story of a firefighter who blames God for his wife's tragic death and embarks on a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, drugs and women. Morally rudderless, Mick Mullan flirts with salvation when a beautiful Irish-Catholic fiddler starts tending bar in his nightclub. This dramatic and prodigiously generous tale tackles Mullan's inner struggles while introducing readers to a host of gallant but flawed firefighters who risk their lives laboring in one of New York's busiest firehouses.​

It's a jolly read, filled with humor and also deep tragedy. Well done, beautifully written with poetic phrasing and I like that.
Malachy McCourt
Actor, Politician, Writer
Breslin, Hammill, McAlarry and now my friend Billy O'Connor. These are the Irish American authors from the streets of NYC. We always said "He should write a book". Well, now he's written two. If you thought Bronx Bookie was great, read Da Mick, a superb tale of love and sacrifice as only happens in the Big Apple, told by one of its true sons (by way of Cork City, Ireland). Read this book!​
Joseph Sullivan
Retired FDNY Captain

Meet Billy O'Connor

Billy O’Connor was born in County Cork Ireland and grew up in the Bronx. After Vietnam, Billy was a Teamster, a pub and restau-rant owner, and before becoming a New York City firefighter for 20 years, an illegal bookie. He sailed, dove and traveled the world burdened by his addiction to drugs and alcohol. The tragedy of 9/11, and the loss of 343 of his brother fire-fighters, brought an epiphany. Billy sobered up and attended the University of Florida. At the age of 62, he earned his journalism degree and began to write. He has written two highly praised weekly columns, two screen-plays and numerous political pieces. His second book, Da Mick, follows his award-winning first novel, Confessions of a Bronx Bookie. Billy can be reached at or at For the past seven years, Billy’s acerbic wit as a standup comic has entertained audiences throughout California, Florida, New York, Nevada and Arizona. He has shared the stage with such great comedic talents as Orny Adams, Todd Berry, Jon Lovitz, Shawn Wayans, Julian McCullough, Finesse Mitchell, and Chris Cope. O’Connor has headlined at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and other venues in Phoenix, Vegas, L. A. .and N.Y. He has also lectured on writing at his alma mater, U.F., and two other accredited colleges as well as at many comedy festivals. As a reformed alcoholic, compulsive gambler and retired firefighter, his inspirational story reminds us all that with the proper attitude, life begins at 60.
  • Vietnam Vet
  • Former FDNY LT. and first responder at 9/11
  • Award-winning author: Confessions of a Bronx Bookie, Da Mick
  • Stand-up comic
  • Former bookie, Teamster, club and restaurant owner
  • University of Florida journalism graduate