Jennifer O’Connell


Jennifer O’Connell writes a weekly column every Wednesday in the Life pages of the Irish Times. She has a biweekly slot on the Ray D’Arcy show on Today FM and regularly contributes to programmes on Newstalk, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ TV. In the past she has worked for other national media titles as an editor, features editor and columnist. She has also had stints as a television news reporter and documentary maker.


Mind on Fire

The Masonic Lodge

A beautifully written, devastatingly intense account of madness – and recovery, to the point where he has not had any serious illness for over a decade and has become an acclaimed playwright. Fanning conveys the consciousness of a person living with mania, psychosis and severe depression with a startling precision and intimacy. Mind on Fire is the […]


It Must Be My Hormones

The Masonic Lodge

The best-selling author of BRINGING UP BÉBÉ investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face. When Pamela Druckerman, an American in Paris, turns 40, waiters start calling her “Madame,” and she detects a disturbing new message in men’s gazes: I would sleep with her, but only […]


Beyond #MeToo

Seafront Marquee

Is this the most significant protest movement in the history of humanity? Or is there a danger the pendulum has swung too far in the tricky, thorny and impossible to regulate area of sex, power and gender? Will there be a backlash? Could we be descending into a culture of victimhood and the infantilising of […]


When Britain Breaks Up

Secret Garden

Is the British project, kicked off 400 odd years ago by Henry 8th, over? It spanned the globe at its height but is now a deeply divided entity, undermined – perhaps fatally – by English nationalism. In the next decade, as a result of Brexit, it is highly likely that Britain will break up. Will […]