Fergal Keane and David McCullagh in conversation
After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has come home to Ireland, to Kerry and Cork to be precise, to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is a family story of war and love, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. Join Fergal in a discussion with David McCullagh whose critically acclaimed De Valera: Rise 1882 – 1932 sketches a ground-breaking portrait of de Valera, his times and his complex, ever-shifting legacy.
Fergal Keane was born in London and educated in Ireland. He is one of the BBC's most distinguished correspondents and an award-winning broadcaster and author. He has reported for the corporation from Northern Ireland, South Africa, Asia and the Balkans. He has been awarded a BAFTA, been named reporter of the year on television and radio, winning honours from the Royal Television Society and the Sony Radio Awards, most recently for his Radio 4 series ‘Taking a Stand’. Keane has won the George Orwell prize for literature, the James Cameron Prize and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the US Overseas Press Association. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including Letter to Daniel and his memoir All of These People. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
David McCullagh is the author of The Reluctant Taoiseach, a biography of John A. Costello, and A Makeshift Majority, a history of the first inter-party government. He began working as a journalist with the Evening Press before joining RTÉ, where he currently presents the broadcaster’s flagship current affairs programme, 'Prime Time'. His latest book De Valera: Rise 1882-1932 is the first volume of a major two-part reassessment of the man who shaped modern Ireland.