John le Carré pondered move to Ireland, says friend John Banville

Novelist was in process of applying for Irish passport after tracing family line to Co Cork

John le Carré  told RTÉ radio in 2019 ‘I am indeed applying for an Irish passport. And it means a lot to me.’ File photograph: PA

John le Carré told RTÉ radio in 2019 ‘I am indeed applying for an Irish passport. And it means a lot to me.’ File photograph: PA

Acclaimed English novelist John le Carré who died on Sunday at the age of 89 was applying for an Irish passport and considering moving to Ireland after discovering a family connection with west Cork, according to friend and fellow writer John Banville.

Banville said le Carré , whose real name was David Cornwell, was appalled at developments in the United Kingdom in recent years. Namely the rise of English nationalism, leading to the UK voting for Brexit and he was exploring taking out Irish citizenship and moving to the Republic.

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