A barrister and a golf fan to open Cúirt readings

IRISH BORN Joseph O’Neill works as a barrister in New York while the Irish-American Timothy O’Grady has a passion for golf. Both men area also acclaimed writers and will give the opening reading at Cúirt.

Joseph O’Neill and Timothy O’Grady will read for Cúirt at the Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday April 21 at 8.30pm. Both are highly admired for the prose, and in their recent books both men have explored the experience of living in modern America.

O’Neill is the author of the novels This Is The Life, The Breezes, and Netherland, which was longlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize and was described by The Sunday Business Post as “both brilliant and poignant”. He also wrote a memoir, Blood-Dark Track.

Timothy O’Grady was born in the USA and has lived in Ireland, London, and Spain. With Kenneth Griffith he is the author of Curious Journey: An Oral History of Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution.

His novel Motherland won the David Higham award for the best first novel in 1989 while I Could Read The Sky won the Encore award for best second novel of 1997. His book On Golf was published by Yellow Jersey to great reviews in 2003. His latest book is Divine Magnetic Lands: A journey in America.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 - 569777. Information can also be obtained from the Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, on 091 - 565886.

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