John Lynch


Life
1961- ; b. Corrinshego, Newry, Co. Down; ed. St. Colman's College, briefly at Abbey Theatre School, and then at Central School of Speech and Drama, London; played title-role in Cal (dir. Neil Jordan), being nominated for BAFTA “Best Newcomer” award; also appeared in The Railway Station Man, The Secret Garden, The Secret of Roan Inish, et al.; sister of Susan Lynch, also a successful actress (Nora);
 
m. Mary McGuckian, dg. of well-known agricultural entrepreneur, and herself a director-producer Bridge of San Luis Rey, &c.); wrote and co-produced with McGuckian as director a film about George Best (Best, 2000); issued Torn Water (2006), the story of a youth who grows up in the Troubles and becomes and actor.

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Notes
Torn Water (2006), tells the story of James Lavery, son of a man killed on an IRA mission and a mother whose lover Sully he hates; interspersed with dream letters between the boy and his father (Dream Bank, West of Pluto, Outer Solar System); watches old movies and discovers redemptive ability to act in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; meets Dublin girl at Gaeltacht. See review by J. Ardle McArdle, Books Ireland (Oct. 2007).

Fionnula Flanagan relates that she was expelled from the Abbey Theatre School after she ‘had the temerity to question the authority’ of Frank Dermody, the then director, when he expelled John Lynch. (See Hilary Fannin, interview-article with Fionnula Flanagan, in The Irish Times, [Sat.] 4 July 2009, “Weekend”, p.7.)

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