Nuala Ó Faolain


“If there were nothing else, reading would – obviously – be worth living for.” – Nuala Ó Faolain, Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman

This will be a lovely evening – Our Nuala: The Celebration of the Life & Times of Nuala Ó Faolain, this Thursday, at Liberty Hall, with contributions from various people who were connected to Nuala in some way, such as; writer Dermot Bolger, former Irish Times editor Conor Brady, and broadcaster Marian Finucane.

Here is a little preface to Thursday’s proceedings from the RTÉ archive, an interview Nuala did in1989 with Professor Anthony Clare. In it she talks about her family, her time at Oxford, the BBC, and coming home –

She asserts that when she remembers the past, she can only remember the bad things, so Thursday’s celebration of her life, work and character through “music, talk and wine” with people remembering the good things, seems like a fitting, radiant legacy.



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