Duration 60 Mins

Seamus Heaney wrote that ‘smoke-signals are loud-mouthed compared with us’, referring to the taciturn nature of northern society in the midst of tribal conflict. Dirty Linen and Rough Beast upend this characterisation: they are two expansive books where lesser-told personal stories play out against the backdrop of a society in turmoil.

Join Martin Doyle and Máiría Cahill in conversation with Glenn Patterson as they explore how their books bear witness to the toll that conflict can take on a person or a community.

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Martin Doyle is Books Editor of The Irish Times, which he joined in 2007. He is a former Editor of The Irish Post, where he worked from 1992 to 2001. He is the author of Dirty Linen: The Troubles in my Home Place (Merrion Press, 2023) and edited A History of The Irish Post (London, 2000).


“Rough Beast is shocking, important and unputdownable.” Roddy Doyle.

The Number One Bestseller Rough Beast is Máiría Cahill’s harrowing story of her life and of what she went through at the hands of what is now Ireland’s largest and richest party. That story is told here for the first time in full detail and with unsparing honesty. It is a story of unimaginable trauma and political corruption. It brings to life a world of paramilitary secrecy and parallel laws, but above all it is the story of one young woman’s defiance of the power wielded by ex-gunmen inspiring fear and silence, and their influence over elected politicians. 

Máiría Cahill is a writer, a political opinion columnist, a media commentator, and a former Senator and Councillor. She currently writes for The Sunday Independent, and her writing has also appeared in The Belfast Telegraph, The Spectator, Fortnight Magazine and The Sunday Times. She presented a radio programme on community radio and worked voluntary for a community festival for ten years and is also a media commentator, appearing most frequently on the BBC’s Nolan show. She was born in West Belfast in 1981 and currently lives in Northern Ireland with her teenage daughter. 

Event Location

Town Hall Theatre

1 Courthouse Square, Galway, H91 VF21

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