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Joseph O'Connor (1)

1963 -

Joseph O'Connor is one of Ireland's best-known writers. His hugely successful famine novel, Star of the Sea, the highest selling novel in the UK in 2004, won the Prix Littéraire Européan Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year, as well as a number of other awards in France, Italy, Ireland and beyond. His other works of fiction include Cowboys and Indians (1991), Redemption Falls (2007) and Ghost Light (2011), based on the life of the actress Molly Allgood, and her relationship with John Millington Synge. His non-fiction works include Sweet Liberty: Travels in Irish America, The Irish Male at Home and Abroad, and The Secret World of the Irish Male. His play Red Roses and Petrol won the In Dublin Best New Irish Play award in 1995. He adapted Daphne du Maurier's novel My Cousin Rachel for the Gate Theatre in 2012 and was the writer and lyricist for Heartbeat of Home, a 2013 dance show from the producers of Riverdance. He lives in Dublin.

Playwriting Credits

Play Title Playwright
Dear Ireland I Frank McGuinness Abbie Spallen Feli Speaks Michael West Gina Moxley Shaun Dunne Manchán Magan Eva O'Connor Edna O'Brien Aoife Martyn Arthur Riordan Andrea Molino John O'Donovan (2) Deirdre Kinahan Mark O'Halloran Una McKevitt Zoe Ní Riordáin Blindboy Boatclub Pom Boyd Karen Cogan Emmet Kirwan Stacey Gregg Jimmy Murphy Rosaleen McDonagh Thomas Kane Byrne Ursula Rani Sarma Zhu Yi David Ireland Sinéad Burke Jody O'Neill Dermot Bolger Carys D. Coburn Meadhbh McHugh Colm Keegan (2) Phillip McMahon Darach Mac Con Iomaire Sonya Kelly Carmel Winters Margaret Perry Enda Walsh Joseph O'Connor (1) Kit de Waal Iseult Golden Sarah Hanly Ciara Elizabeth Smyth John Connors Keith James Walker Shane O'Reilly Nancy Harris Owen McCafferty
Handel's Crossing Joseph O'Connor (1)
Mysteries 2000 Fergus Linehan (1) Brendan Kennelly Michael McCaffery Deirdre Purcell Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Johnny Hanrahan Joseph O'Connor (1) Pat Kinevane Gavin Kostick Michael Scott (2) Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy Declan Gorman Joe O'Byrne Derek Chapman Aidan Mathews
Red Roses and Petrol Joseph O'Connor (1)
Signatories Emma Donoghue Marina Carr Joseph O'Connor (1) Frank McGuinness Thomas Kilroy Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Hugo Hamilton Rachel Feehily
The Weeping of Angels Joseph O'Connor (1)
Tiny Plays for Ireland Mark Hennessy Adrienne Michel-Long Gregory Rosenstock Michael Cussen Ronan Geoghegan Ciara Ní Chuirc Jesse Weaver Antonia Hart Darren Donohue Joseph O'Connor (1) Michael West Dermot Bolger Michelle Read Deirdre Kinahan Karl O'Neill Rory Nolan Ardal O'Hanlon Gerald Murphy Jody O'Neill Colin Murphy Sean McLoughlin Rosaleen McDonagh Niamh Creely Evan Lee D'Alton Rachel Feehily
True Believers Joseph O'Connor (1)


Play Title Playwright
My Cousin Rachel Joseph O'Connor (1) Daphne Du Maurier