Saturday, May 10, 2008

Nuala O'Faolain dies at 68

The author and former Irish Times columnist Nuala O’Faolain has died aged 68.
She became internationally well-known for her two volumes of memoirs, Are You Somebody? and Almost There; a novel, My Dream of You, and a history with commentary, The Story of Chicago May.

In a emotional interview in April, O’Faolain spoke about being diagnosed with metastatic cancer and that she had turned down the option of chemotherapy. She described how, although diagnosed only six weeks previously, lung cancer had spread to her brain and liver.
"As soon as I heard I was going to die, the goodness went from life," she said.

O’Faolain had moved to Galway after being diagnosed with cancer in a hospital in New York. In recent months she had been commentating on the US presidential elections for RTE Radio One.
Born in Dublin, Nuala O'Faolain worked for the Irish Times as a columnist in the late 1970s and 1980s. A graduate of Hull and Oxford universities, she worked for the BBC and the Times and was working in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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