The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival

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Winter Nights - a festival of conversation, culture and ideas from The Irish Times

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From January 24th to January 27th, join us for Winter Nights, when internationally renowned guests will join Irish Times journalists for four nights of unforgettable debate, discussion, distraction, and everything in between.

Ticket price: €50. A ticket gets you access to the whole online festival.

All events will be recorded and available On Demand in the week following the festival, so you can catch up on anything you miss, or watch back an event.

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Monday, 24th January


State of the Nation

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee talks to Irish Times political correspondent Jennifer Bray about new legislation, the pandemic and the changing face of Irish politics.


The Post-Pandemic Economy

What’s next for the Irish and global economy? Irish Times columnist Cliff Taylor speaks to author and economist David McWilliams about the Great Resignation, the housing crisis and the economic challenges ahead.


Our Man In The WHO

Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation is a familiar and trusted voice on the pandemic. He talks to Irish Times columnist Jennifer O’Connell about vaccine equity and navigating a global pandemic.

Tuesday, 25th January


Across the Water

Chicago-born author and playwright Bonnie Greer went viral in 2019 when she declared ‘Ireland owes the UK nothing’ during a Brexit debate on the BBC. The commentator talks politics, race, feminism and culture with New to the Parish writer Sorcha Pollak.


On the Record

Irish Times columnist Patrick Freyne talks to the acclaimed BBC Radio 1 DJ and author popularly known as Annie Mac. Macmanus and Freyne discuss late nights in Ibiza, her debut novel Mother Mother and her hit podcast Changes.


Jews Don’t Count?

Comedian, children’s author and presenter David Baddiel talks to Arts & Culture editor Hugh Linehan about how in a time of heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.

Wednesday, 26th January


Going For Gold

From Clontarf in Dublin, Ellen Keane became a Paralympic champion at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games winning gold in 100m SB8 Breaststroke. She talks to Irish Times sports columnist Joanne O’Riordan about her life in and outside the 50 metre swimming pool.


In Bod We Trust

Irish rugby legend and sports pundit Brian O’Driscoll is a hero to many including Irish Times columnist Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. O’Driscoll talks to Ross-creator Paul Howard about his sporting life.


We Don’t Know Ourselves

Award-winning Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole’s latest book We Don’t Know Ourselves won Irish Book of the Year in 2021. This astute chronicler of Irish life talks to Hugh Linehan about his decades of reporting on the State we’re in.

Thursday, 27th January


Poetry, McCartney & Me

Acclaimed Co Armagh poet Paul Muldoon talks to Irish Times columnist Róisín Ingle about his life in poetry, Northern Ireland, America, his love of music and his five years exploring Paul McCartney’s ouvre for bestselling book The Lyrics.


More Than A Woman

Bestselling author and influential feminist Caitlin Moran’s latest book More Than A Woman is full of her trademark common sense, wit and irreverence. She talks to Irish Times columnist Kathy Sheridan about middle-age, parenthood and her writing life.

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