The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival

Online, Monday 25th January - Friday 29th January

Winter Nights – when internationally renowned guests and Irish Times journalists get together for a festival of conversation, culture and ideas.

Ok, Let’s Do Their Stupid Idea

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard and Irish Times features writer Patrick Freyne are two of the funniest people writing in Ireland today. They talk about the sometimes underestimated art of making people laugh.

Lessons For Living

In conversation with Irish Times columnist Róisín Ingle, celebrated psychologist and Holocaust survivor Edith Eger explores ways to change the thoughts and behaviours that can keep us prisoners of our past.

Yes, Commissioner

Co Louth born MEP Mairéad McGuinness has been European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union since October 2020. She tells Irish Times columnist Kathy Sheridan about life since landing the big job.

What White People Can Do Next

Irish-Nigerian author and academic Emma Dabiri explores how, in the fight against racism, white people can move from allyship to coalition. She is in conversation with Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times journalist and writer of New to the Parish.

Two Men In a Zoom

Comedian Dara Ó’Briain and Irish Times Political Editor Pat Leahy met and became friends as student debaters in UCD. They quiz each other about friendship, comedy, middle-aged angst, politics, space and much more.

Beyond Brexit

Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon talks to Orwell prize winning Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole about Brexit, Scottish independence and the state of the union.

Leading Through Lockdowns

Micheál Martin became Taoiseach at a time of unprecedented challenges. Irish Times Political Correspondent Jennifer Bray asks him about leadership in a pandemic and his hopes for Ireland in 2021.

Is everything going to be alright?

Professor of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, Luke O’Neill was one of the leading scientific voices to emerge in 2020. Irish Times columnist Jennifer O’Connell picks his considerable brain about the light at the end of our pandemic tunnel.

A Walk on the Wild Side

“When young autistic people are nurtured, miraculous things can happen,” says sixteen-year-old Dara McAnulty, award-winning author of Diary of a Young Naturalist. The Co Down teenager explores his passion for the natural world.

Talking with Ghosts

Dubliner Gabriel Byrne was one of Ireland’s first movie stars. He talks to Irish Times Arts and Culture Editor Hugh Linehan about his life and times from The Riordans to The Usual Suspects to publishing an acclaimed memoir at 70.

The American Dream?

Just days after the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, Washington-based CNN commentator John King will talk to Fintan O’Toole about his Irish roots, his Magic Wall and the future of post-Trump America.

Monday 25th January - Friday 29th January

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