Gabriel Byrne in conversation with Niall Burgess about Byrne’s memoir Walking With Ghosts, what it really means to be Irish abroad, and the significance of ‘home’.
Internationally-renowned Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has lived in the US for decades. Having studied archaeology and worked as a teacher, his acting career has taken him from Dublin’s Focus Theatre to London, New York and Hollywood, which he described recently as “a ridiculous place to want to be accepted. Like going into a hardware store and looking for a pizza.” His recent memoir Walking With Ghosts has been heralded by critics as a beautifully written and unsparing account of his upbringing and career.
Niall Burgess, Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs also trained to be an archaeologist. He is the senior civil servant and non-political head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which provides a vital range of services to Irish citizens and promotes and protects Ireland’s interests in the world. He previously served in Chicago, Geneva, and Brussels, and has been consul general of Ireland in New York.
Walking With Ghosts A Memoir is available to purchase through Dubray Books.