Irish Times writer dies in road crash in Co Meath

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Irish Times writer dies in road crash in Co Meath
9:35 Monday 24th of December 2018

The former Irish Times literary correspondent, Eileen Battersby, has died following a car crash in Co Meath.

RTE reports that Ms Battersby, 60, was seriously injured in the single-vehicle incident 4km from Drogheda at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, and died last night.

Her daughter was also admitted to hospital.

Ms Battersby won several awards for her writing on the arts. Her reviews appeared in the Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The New York Times.

She was also a contributor on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany programme.

Originally from California, Eileen Battersby studied in Dublin and began her career with the Sunday Tribune before moving to the Irish Times.

She was later appointed literary correspondent, a job she held until July of this year.

She became one of Ireland's best known critics, with an encyclopedic knowledge of her subject matter. She was also a passionate advocate for fiction in translation.

Ms Battersby was also the author of works of non-fiction, including books about her beloved animals, and a novel, Teethmarks on my Tongue.

Editor of the Irish Times Paul O'Neill described her as "one of the most influential critics of her generation".

Sunday Miscellany will broadcast a pre-recorded item with Eileen Battersby, about Silent Night, on Christmas Day.

Photo: Irish Times

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