By Dan Walsh
Enniscorthy-born author Colm Tóibín, probably best known for Brooklyn made into an award-winning film a few years ago, features in a documentary called On Memory’s Shore which will be shown on RTE One tonight (Monday) at 9.35pm.
Filmed in the summer of 2020, the documentary explores his life growing up in Enniscorthy, his writing life in Dublin, living in Barcelona and inspiration gained from the beach at Ballyconnigar, close to Blackwater village, where he researched several books, most memorably The Blackwater Lightship.
Tóibín is universally known for his novel Brooklyn which was adapted for film and picked up three Academy Awards nominations in 2016. Tóibín himself has been nominated three times for one of the English speaking world’s most famous literary trophy- The Booker Prize.
On Memory’s Shore, tonight’s documentary is directed by Brendan J. Byrne and produced by Belfast independent production company BelowTheRadar TV. Worthy of a large viewership and a tribute to one of the best writers to come out of contemporary Ireland – and still immensely proud of his native town and county.