Fintan O’Toole was born in Dublin in 1958 and has been a columnist with The Irish Times since 1988. He has been drama critic of The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Times and the New York Daily News. He contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Observer and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of 16 books on culture, politics and history. Awards include the PEN Martha Albrand Award, the AT Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism, and TV3 Journalist of the Year.