Martin Doyle


Martin Doyle is Books Editor of The Irish Times, where he has worked since 2007. He is a former Editor of The Irish Post in London, where he worked from 1992 to 2001, and also worked for The Times in London from 2001-2006. He is the author of Dirty Linen: The Troubles in My Own Place (Merrion Press, 2023) which was shortlisted for Irish Nonfiction Book of the Year. He has essays in The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices, ed. Paul McVeigh (Unbound, 2021) and A Handbook of the Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process, eds. Laura McAtackney and Máirtín Ó Catháin (Routledge, 2023). He edited A History of The Irish Post in 2000 to mark the newspaper’s 30th anniversary. He was also an extra in Father Ted.

Dirty Linen: The Troubles in My Home Place is an intimate, personal history of the Northern Ireland conflict told through the testimony of the friends and families of more than 20 victims who died violently in the author’s own rural parish in County Down. The author enjoys access that only a trusted local could gain and layers this with the literary sensibility of a books editor, the storytelling ability of a veteran journalist and the sensitivity of a writer who has experienced personal bereavement