Identity Statement

Reference Code: P/31
Title: Tom Nestor Papers
Dates: 1964-c. 2000
Extent: 4 Boxes

Content & Structure

Thomas G. Nestor was born in 1937 in Coolcappa, Rathkeale, County Limerick as a farmer's son and one of ten children. He was educated in St Flannan's College, Ennis, in 1950-1954, and began his working career in 1955, first with Shannon Sales and Catering Service, and then with an American company in Ennis, where he lived from 1981 to 1990. Nestor later became self-employed and ran a training and consultancy programme for middle managers until his retirement in 2004.

Nestor began his writing career in 1964 with two articles about rural Ireland, which were published in the Manchester Guardian. These were followed by Twilight in Suburbia, written for Donacha O'Dulaing for his radio programme A Munster Journal. The work was however rejected. His published works include three radio plays broadcast by BBC and RTE, some thirty short stories published in Scotland, USA and Australia, and three novels: The Keeper of Absalom's Island (1999), The Blue Pool (2002) and Talking to Kate (2009). From 1964 to 1998, Nestor also contributed to The Limerick Leader with his column My Life and Times.

The material contains manuscripts, published works and correspondence with publishers and literary agents, illustrating aspects of Nestor's career as an author and playwright.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access: Available by appointment
Finding Aid: Descriptive List (click on link attached)

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