Colm Toibin

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Colm Tóibín: Whose job is it to solve the crisis? How strange that now, in the light of a housing crisis, one aspect of de Valera’s legacy (...)

House of The Dead: the barrister Brendan Kilty saved 15 Usher’s Island from structural collapse

On a freezing cold winter’s night in 1987 I was dancing by myself on the first floor of a derelict squat at the wrong end of Dublin’s quays. Debris, d(...)

15 Usher’s Island: ‘not just another house connected with Joyce’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has rejected suggestions she should intervene to “save” the house at 15 Usher’s Island known as James Joyce’s Hou(...)

Gay Byrne and his wife, Kathleen Watkins in 1993

Was Gay Byrne a feminist? It was his fellow RTÉ presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan, who put this intriguing theory before the nation on Tuesday night, dur(...)

Colm Tóibín: “I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.”  Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

That thing Voltaire didn’t actually say about defending loopy opinions to the death (I paraphrase) has gone out of fashion in recent years. Too often (...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Lisa Dawn in Pale Sister. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Pale Sister Gate Theatre, Dublin. Previews until November 1st- 4th. Opens November 5th-9th 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm) gatetheatre.ie It might (...)

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

Colm Tóibín: the novelist before his treatment for testicular cancer. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty

A good writer loves a good intro. Colm Tóibín begins his story: “It all started with my balls.” What follows is an account of being diagnosed with and(...)

The 10 books shortlisted for the  2019 International Dublin Literary Award

The winners of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, the 2017 Man Booker Prize and last year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction are among the 10 novels shortlisted for the(...)

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