Kevin Toolis is a writer and filmmaker.  He is the author of an acclaimed chronicle of Ireland’s Troubles,  Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA’s Soul.  He has written for the New York Times Magazine and the Guardian and reported on conflicts across the world.  As a filmmaker,  Toolis has won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama and was nominated for an Emmy for his documentaries on the Middle East.

His family have lived in the same oceanside village on an island off the coast of County Mayo for the last 200 years.