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Fintan O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals. He has served as a drama critic for The Irish Times, New York Daily News, Sunday Tribune (Dublin), and In Dublin Magazine. His books on theater span a wide range of topics, from his biography of Richard Brinsley Sheridan to whatever is now appearing on Irish stages. He is currently Assistant Editor, columnist and feature writer for The Irish Times. He also contributes to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and other international publications. In 2011, O’Toole was named one of "Britain's top 300 intellectuals" by The Observer. He has received the A.T. Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism, the Millennium Social Inclusion Award, and Journalist of the Year in 2010 from TV3 Media Awards. In 2017, O'Toole became the first Irish recipient of the prestigious European Press Prize as well as the Orwell Prize for Journalism for his commentary on the Brexit referendum and its aftermath.


“Announcing the Winners of the Orwell Prize 2017” |

“O’Toole Receives Orwell Prize for Journalism” |

European Press Prize Jury Report | April 21, 2017,

“Fintan O’Toole Named European Commentator of the Year” | The Irish Times,

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