Fintan O’Toole

Columnist & Author

One of Ireland’s leading political and cultural commentators, Fintan O’Toole is a columnist, literary editor, political commentator and drama critic for The Irish Times. He has written for In Dublin magazine, The Sunday Tribune, and the New York Daily News, and The Irish Times. He edited Magill magazine and since 1988, has been a columnist with the Irish Times. His work appeared in many international newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Awards include the AT Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism (1993), the Justice Award of the Incorporated Law Society (1994) and the Millennium Social Inclusion Award (2000). His latest book is Heroic Failure, the Delusions of Brexit.


Brexit and Us

Seafront Marquee

We can’t think of a better panel to discuss the critical Issue of “Brexit and us” and by “us”, we mean, Ireland and Britain. Already, Brexit has poisoned relations between Britain and Ireland, inflamed old divisions in Northern Ireland, made the border between the two sides of the country a flash point again, and has […]


Shaw’s Arias

Secret Garden

Long before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Academy Award for the screenplay for Pygmalion (1938), George Bernard Shaw worked as a music critic in London. Soprano Síobhra Quinlan and pianist Annalisa Monticelli draw on the music criticisms of George Bernard Shaw, performing works contextualised by his writings on music. The whole show […]