ILE Celebrates the 1,500th Irish Title Supported in Translation

Colm Tóibín and Sinéad Mac Aodha

In November 2010, ILE celebrated its 1,500th title in translation – the German edition of Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn, published by Carl Hanser Verlag and translated by Giovanni and Ditte Bandini. 

To mark this occasion, the Department of Foreign Affairs hosted a reception in Iveagh House, opened by Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche and attended by writers such as Anne EnrightAnthony CroninClaire Kilroy and Paul Murray, to name but a few, as well as by diplomats and public servants, translators, academics, arts administrators and ILE's funders.

Author of the 1,500th title in translation, Colm Tóibín, gave an impassioned speech about the value of culture and the arts, and praised the work of Ireland Literature Exchange in making Irish culture available and respected around the world – noting Ireland's reputation in this regard and asking those present to imagine "the delight, the knowledge, the beauty in those books" and the "secret power" contained in those works of literature that have, thanks to ILE's initiatives and support, become available to readers from China to Chile, and Berlin to Bogota.

Ireland Literature Exchange is extremely grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Minister Roche for agreeing to mark this special occasion in the organisation's history, to Colm Tóibín for highlighting the importance of art, culture and exchange and the work of ILE, to all those who helped us celebrate our 1,500th title, and most especially to the writers of Ireland and their readers around the world.

A full copy of Colm Tóibín's speech is available to download here.



1,500: Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn in German
Colm Tóibín
Former Minister of State, Dick Roche, TD, Colm Tóibín and Anthony Cronin
Sinéad Mac Aodha, former Minister of State, Dick Roche, TD, Anthony, Cronin, HE Mr Busso von Alvensleben, German Ambassador, to Ireland and ColmTóibín
Paul Murray and Chris Binchy
Sinéad Mac Aodha (director of ILE) and Aidan O'Hara, Department of Foreign Affairs
Past and present members of the Board of ILE: Anne Enright, Philip Furlong, Patrick O'Connor and Conor O'Clery
HE Dr Emil Savov Yalnazov, Bulgarian Ambassador to Ireland
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Enda Wyley and Michael Cronin
Colm Tóibín and Sinéad Mac Aodha
Colm Tóibín and former Minister of State, Dick Roche, TD
Claire Kilroy, Michael O'Loughlin, Claire Bracken and Judith Mok
Claire Bracken, Anne Enright and Colm Tóibín
Aoife Walsh, Nele Marcks, Sinéad Mac Aodha and Rita McCann, ILE
Former chair of the Board of ILE, Máire Nic Mhaoláin and Sinéad Mac Aodha
Guests survey the display of ILE supported works of Irish literature
Colm-Tóibín, Sinéad Mac Aodha and former Minister of State, Dick Roche, TD
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