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Malachy McKenna



Nick Quinn

A member of the Writers Guild of Ireland, Malachy graduated from NUI Galway with an honours degree in English and History and a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications. He trained as an actor at the Focus Stanislavski Studio, Dublin under the late Deirdre O’ Connell.

Malachy won the gold medal with RTE for Best Radio Drama at the World Festival of Radio in New York in July, 2015 for his first radio play, ‘The Quiet Land.’

‘The Quiet Land’ was also the Outright Winner of the 2014 P. J. O’ Connor Radio Drama awards. The stage version of The Quiet Land has had numerous successful tours.

Malachy’s first stage play, ‘Tillsonburg’ won the Stewart Parker Literary Trust Award, having premiered at the Focus Theatre, Dublin. ‘Tillsonburg’ has had several Irish tours, it had its North American premiere with the Canadian Stage Company, Toronto, played in Rep in Arad state theatre Romania on numerous occasions, the most recent being an extended 12 month run in the Arad 2011/12 season.

‘Tillsonburg’ is published by Methuen Press in the collection; ‘The Tiger in Winter.’

In 2017 Malachy wrote the Virtual Reality Screenplay for Waterford City Council’s new Viking Exhibition Centre – the first of its kind in Ireland.

Malachy is an ex participant in Bobette Buster’s intense screen writing course through Screen Training Ireland.

In 2015 Malachy completed his first horror film ‘Black Convent’ which is based on his original short film script – ‘A Village Tale.’

This project is currently in development with Baird Film in LA.

In 2008 Malachy co-wrote ‘MacBecks’ the comedy musical, with actor Gary Cooke  which premiered in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in January 2009 and transferred to the Cork Opera House. Malachy also co-wrote the 2008 Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ for the Gaiety theatre and ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ for the Gaiety 2009/10 pantomime season.

Malachy is included in a recent published anthology of RTE Radio’s Sunday Miscellany for his story ‘The Divinity of Rivers.’

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