She was a broadcast journalist, newspaper columnist, TV producer, book reviewer, teacher, writer and a living contradiction. Nuala O’Faolain was heterosexual, but her longest romantic relationship was with a lesbian activist. She was an ardent feminist, but she adored her neglectful, distant father. In the early 2000s, she engrossed her native country by detailing her loveless, impoverished childhood in the male-dominant Ireland of the 1940s and 1950s in her memoir Are You Somebody? Then, she bewitched the Emerald Isle again when she turned to her friend, radio host Marian Finucane, to talk frankly about her cancer and impending death in 2012. On Friday, the New York Irish Center will screen a documentary on O’Faolin’s life by director Patrick Farrelly, who will attend and participate in a Q&A session.
Details: Nuala, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, March 21st, 7:30 pm, $11/$6 students, seniors, unemployed.
Photo: Nuala O’Faolain