1960- ; b. Tarmon, Co. Leitrim; ed. Lough Allen College, Drumkeeran, and College of Journalism, Rathmines; newscaster and Morning Ireland current affairs presenter at RTÉ, 1983-89; resigned to travel in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific; plays for Druid Theatre Company are John Hughdy / Tom John, double-bill produced by Druid Theatre Co., Galway (1991); At the Black Pigs Dyke (Druid 1992) was winner of Stewart Parker award (1993) and the Belfast Telegraph EMA;
also The Leitrim Hotel (1992), radio play, winner of P. J. OConnor Award; wrote Song of the Yellow Bittern (Druid Th. Co. 1994), based on a case of 1829 when Daniel OConnell sucessfully defended Tom Maguire, a Catholic priest against a Protestant woman in a paternity suit; issued The Colour of Language (1995), poems, with a cover ill. by Nick Miller; wrote Fontamara (Vesuvius Th. Co./ Collins Barracks, Dublin, 1998) - a play adapted from novel of Ignazio Silone; elected to Aosdána, Dec. 2000; issued A Cry from Heaven (2005), a play. DIL2.
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Drama, At the Black Pigs Dyke, in John Farleigh, ed., Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (London: Methuen 1998), 340pp.; A Cry from Heaven (London: Methuen Drama 2005) [first item; q.pp.]
A Portuguese translation of A Cry from Heaven as Um Grito do Céu was made by Domingos Nunez in 2006 for CIA Ludens Theatre Co. in (See Domingos Nunez, A Brief History Of Cia Ludens and its Productions of Irish Plays in Brazil, in Ilha do Desterro Florianópolis, 58 (Jan./June 2010), pp.479-505; pdf version at online.)
Poetry, The Colour of Language (Dublin: Dedalus Press 1995)
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Kevin Barry [interview], in Theatre Talk: Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners, ed. Lilian Chambers, Ger Fitzgibbon, Eamonn Jordan, et al. (Blackrock: Carysfort Press 2001), pp.481-95.
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The Road West: If we had gone north, as we often did, to camp/in the pace of sanctuary / We might have met the soldiers leaving / the ridge of the rowan tree / We might have gone as far as the hill / of the two air demons to warn someone. / But we went west, away from history, we were / not there as witnesses to change. (The Colour of Language; reviewed by Peter Denman, ILS, Fall 1995, p.9.)
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