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January 15th, 2014


Best of luck to Sarah Bolger with her forthcoming films ” The Lazarus Effect ” and “Badlands”

Congratulations to Peter Coonan on his performance in the film “The Guarantee”.

Shaun Dunne’s “The Waste Ground”  - with our past pupil Alan Mahon.

“The Production is strongest in Cooney and Mahon’s delicately performed exchanges. Irish Times 5/11/14

Michael Barker Caven’s - Wuthering Heights in the Gate Theatre, with our past pupil Kate Stanley Brennan.

“a thing of two halves: the evening is undoubtedly Kate Stanley Brennan’s: her Cathy has a terrifying, almost sadistic beauty, the wildness not so much a weapon as an insane driving force. Irish Independent 24/11/14

Aoife Fitzgibbon & Peter McCormick have been selected to perform  in The Royal Irish Academy’s High Achievers’ Gala Concert in The Pavillion Theatre, Dun Laoighaire.

Romey Farrelly as the young Catherine Earnshaw in ” Wuthering Heights” at The Gate Theatre along with our past pupil and tutor, Kate Brennan who is playing Cathy.

Jack Kratschmar, radio commercial EPA.

Adam Fogarty, Aviva TV commercial.

Siobhan Cullen, as Desdemona in “Othello” in the Mill Theatre Dundrum.

Alana Hurley,  ”A Dangerous Fortune” directed by Christian Schwochow.

Danielle O’Brien, Mary Flynn in “Tarry Flynn” in The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art.

Oisín Murray, ‘Wildernuts’ RTE TV.

Grace Cadell, The Natural Confectionery Company , TV commercial.

Megan Kavanagh, Kellogs  TV commercial, voice work.

Gary Farrelly, banking TV commercial.

Grace Doyle Flaherty, Aoife Fitzgibbon, Peter McCormick & Ella Scally have been chosen to receive a national High Achiever Award 2014 for outstanding performance in the Royal Irish Academy exams.


We are delighted to welcome Baby Ruby. Congratulations to her proud parents, Sarah Brennan & James Earley.

Past Pupil Achievements:

Peter Coonan, as Fran in “Love/hate”

Interview with Ivan and Chris on Newstalk -

Deirdre O’Kane was named Woman of the year in the film and TV category at this years Irish Tatler Awards.

Louisa Harland, in the new film “Standby” directed by Rob Burke and Ronan Burke.

Cal Kenealy, also in ” Standby” directed by Rob Burke and Ronan Burke.

Alan McMahon takes the lead role in The Abbey Theatre’s production, on the Peacock stage, of “The Waste Ground Party” directed by Gerry Stembridge .This production marks the Abbey Theatre debut of the award-winning playwright, Shaun Dunne.

Kate Brennan  as Cathy in” Wuthering Heights ” at The Gate Theatre.

We are delighted with our past pupils’ excellent reviews for the feature film “Noble” and the play “The Borstal Boy” at The Gaiety Theatre.

For the first time in 25 years, Brendan Behan’s “Borstal Boy” returns to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre, directed by Conall Morrison. Peter Coonan stars as the young Brendan in this commemorative production, which marks the 50th anniversary of Behan’s death. We wish Peter great success with the production!

” Coonan plays Behan with well judged naivety and youthful certainty.” Sunday Business Post September 20th 2014

Noble” feature film starring  Deirdre O’Kane now showing nationwide. Christina Noble played by Deirdre O’Kane as an unstoppable force. The three actors who play Noble throughout the course of her life are superb, meeting sometimes difficult material with courage and determination.  It is an indictment of the Irish film industry that a talent such as Deirdre O’Kane has had so few leading roles. Her memorable support in Intermission was over a decade ago. In Noble, she finally gets a chance to portray a significant figure on the big screen. O’Kane herself instigated the project, which was co-produced, written and directed by her husband, Stephen Bradley.” Sunday Times September 20th 2014

Comedy trio, Foil, Arms and Hog are moving from stage to screen and will appear on Jason Byrne’s new TV3 show, Snaptastic. The three pals from Rathfarnham, Sean Flanagan (our past pupil), Conor McKenna and Sean Finegan make up the comedy sketch trio.

Sarah Bolger in the film ‘Outlaw’ directed by Tyler Shields.

Sophie Jo Wasson in ”5 minutes late” directed by Marc Atkinson in The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art.

Danielle O’Brien in “Electra” directed by Elizabeth Swanson in The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art.

Sean Flanagan of Foil, Arms and Hog in the Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival in Smock Alley from September 5th.

Kate Stanley Brennan in “Witness” directed by Carmel Winter in The Civic Theatre Tallaght in November.

Ben Harding in the Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival “The Party, ready aim fire and fizzy thinking” from September 4th in The Morrison Hotel.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice returns to The Gate this August, directed by Alan Stanford. Kerrie O’Sullivan & Jill Harding are sisters Kitty & Mary Bennett and Michael Ford Fitzgerald is George Wickham. The production celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the most popular novels of all time. Kerrie currently features in the Vodafone TV commercial “Heartbreak”. Jill is also busy filming” The Vikings”.

Eva Bartley in “The Vikings”.

Chelsea O’Toole, insurance commercial for TV.

Siobhan Cullen is featured in the current Meteor ad campaign & treaded the boards in the Gate Theatre’s production of “An Ideal Husband” as Mabel Chiltern. She is also in rehearsal for “Othello” in The Civic Theatre, Tallaght.

Brian Martin has certainly made his mark as a playwright. His debut play “Be Infants in Evil” was Druid Theatre Company’s main contribution to this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

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