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McKinley was born in Carlow town. His debut play, Small Box Psychosis, was first performed in 1992 and was subsequently presented at the University of California and at the European Festival of Comedy in Austria. His second play, The Lithium Waltz, was first performed in 1995, and later at the Circle Rep Theatre in New York. Plays not listed here include Bad Blood Elixir, which was performed at London's Bridewell Theatre during the RSC Fringe Festival in 1995. McKinley was nominated in 2009 for Best New Play in the Irish Theatre Awards for Elysium Nevada. He was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in 2008 and again in 2010.