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National Concert Hall Presents Celebrated Irish Author SALLY ROONEY In Conversation with Fintan O’Toole ahead of the publication of her New Novel Intermezzo

22 May 2024

National Concert Hall Presents Celebrated Irish Author Sally Rooney In Conversation with Fintan O’Toole ahead of the publication of her New Novel Intermezzo

Saturday 21st September 7.30pm National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tickets: €20. On Sale Fri. 24th May 10am NCH Box Office: Tel: 01-4170000/

Media Release Wed. 22 May 2024 


In the first global event for publication, Sally Rooney, best-selling author of Conversations with Friends, Normal People and Beautiful World, Where Are You, joins Fintan O’Toole at the National Concert Hall for an in-depth conversation and reading from her fourth novel, Intermezzo, Saturday 21st September  at 7.30pm.

Rooney’s NCH appearance, which comes days before the publication date of Intermezzo (24th September 2024), will likely be met with a lot of excitement amongst Irish literary fans who will hear from the famed Irish writer live in this unique event presented in partnership with Faber. Exclusive pre-publication copies of Intermezzo will also be made available on site at NCH by Books Upstairs.

All three of Rooney’s previous novels have been international bestsellers, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. Her first two novels were adapted as television series for the BBC, catapulting Rooney in to the limelight. In 2022, TIME magazine named her among the 100 most influential people in global culture. 

Her latest novel is described as being “a story of brothers and lovers, of familial and romantic intimacies, of relationships that don’t quite fit the conventional structures” (The Irish Times).

The story is centred on Peter, a Dublin lawyer in his thirties – successful, competent and apparently unassailable. But in the wake of their father’s death, he’s medicating himself to sleep and struggling to manage his relationships with two very different women – his enduring first love Sylvia, and Naomi, a college student for whom life is one long joke.

Ivan is a twenty-two-year-old competitive chess player. He has always seen himself as socially awkward, a loner, the antithesis of his glib elder brother. Now, in the early weeks of his bereavement, Ivan meets Margaret, an older woman emerging from her own turbulent past, and their lives become rapidly and intensely intertwined.

For two grieving brothers and the people they love, this is a new interlude – a period of desire, despair and possibility – a chance to find out how much one life might hold inside itself without breaking.

This event is presented by the National Concert Hall in partnership with Faber. Exclusive pre-publication copies of Intermezzo will be made available by Books Upstairs at the NCH, or you can purchase online also. 


Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, NCH, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 08 71775334 or Roisin Dwyer, PR & Publications Executive, NCH Tel: 085-7129628 or


Faoi an Ceoláras Náisiúnta 

Is institiúid chultúrtha náisiúnta na hÉireann don cheol é an Ceoláras Náisiúnta, a fhreastalaíonn go bródúil ar phobal na hÉireann ó osclaíodh é i 1981 trí thaibhithe ceoil beo agus cláir shuntasacha oideachais agus chultúrtha. Lonnaithe i gcroílár Bhaile Átha Cliath, agus béal dorais le Gairdíní Uíbh Eachach, tá an Ceoláras Náisiúnta bródúil as ár gCeolfhoireann Shiansach Náisiúnta, Cór Siansach Náisiúnta, Cór Linn agus Cór na nÓg chomh maith le háit chónaithe a chur ar fáil do réimse eagraíochtaí ceoil eile lena n-áirítear Cór Aireagail Éireann, Ceolfhoireann Bharócach na hÉireann, Music Network, Crash Ensemble agus Music Generation. Tá sé i gceist faoi láthair athfhorbairt mór á dhéanamh ar na háiseanna go léir mar chuid den Phlean Forbartha Náisiúnta agus de Thionscadal Éireann 2040. 

About the National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall (NCH) is Ireland’s national cultural institution for music, proudly serving the Irish public since it opened in 1981 through live music performances and significant educational and cultural programmes. Based in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, next door to the picturesque Iveagh Gardens, the NCH is proud home to our National Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Chorus, Cór Linn and Cór na nÓg, as well as providing residence for a range of other music organisations including Chamber Choir Ireland, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Music Network, Crash Ensemble and Music Generation. It is currently planning for a major redevelopment of all facilities as part of the National Development Plan and Project Ireland 2040