Fintan O Toole

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase is a musical, theatrical extravaganza of wit, wonder and weirdness. Photograph: Steve Tanner

All eyes are on the City of the Tribes, as the Galway International Arts Festival takes over the parks, rivers, bars and venues of the western capital(...)

Book lovers  waiting to enter the Secret Garden venue at last year’s  Dalkey Book Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Later today, well over 100,000 people will congregate at Slane and Malahide to hear, respectively, the venerable sounds of Metallica and the even more(...)

A real woman’s 'summer readiness' wish list has never had anything much in common with the fantasies that magazines keep trying to peddle us

And so, just like that, it is once again the June Bank Holiday weekend, the real beginning of the season I refer to as “Goodbye, beloved 80 denier tig(...)

Fans watch HBO’s Game of Thrones series finale at a viewing party at Brennan’s bar in Marina del Rey, California. Photograph:  Robyn Beck / AFP

Niall Hanratty The series wrapped up with how certain aspects would end. Jon killing Dany. Check. A new King. Check. Tyrion surviving. Check. How(...)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC television. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Some of the most insightful reporting into Britain’s Brexit contortions is found in the non-UK press. A German news magazine reported that Jacob Rees-(...)

Bob Woodward: ‘I think there’s a lot of pomposity, particularly on television’. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

He may still be associated in the public mind with the investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal which ultimately brought down US president Ric(...)

 David Waddell, husband of Mary Raftery, at the exhibition of her work in Dublin City University. Photograph: Julien Behal

The fearlessness and power of Mary Raftery’s journalism was remembered on Thursday evening at the launch of an exhibition of her work in Dublin City U(...)

French film director Agnes Varda: late artist’s   work was fuelled by empathy. Photograph: Getty/AFP

Agnes Varda died last week, aged 90. Last Monday, I happened to watch her most recent documentary, Faces Places, made with the artist JR who specialis(...)

John Cooney at an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A book on John Charles McQuaid is where this John Cooney interview begins. Published in 1999, the Ruler of Catholic Ireland written by the Ulster scru(...)

In 2017 Fintan O’Toole won a European Press Prize for his Brexit columns, and he was a finalist in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole has been shortlisted for the European Press Prize. O’Toole, a previous winner of the award, was shortlisted for(...)

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