Born in Dublin in 1955, he emigrated to Europe and returned to Ireland in 1985. He has written nine plays, most of which are published by Methuen, including Hinterland (2002), Our Lady of Sligo (1998), The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (1995), White Woman Street (1992), Prayers of Sherkin (1990) and The Pentagonal Dream (1986). His play Boss Grady's Boys won the first BBC/Stewart Parker Award in 1988, and The Steward of Christendom won the Writers' Guild Award for best fringe play, and was named best play of the year by numerous publications in 1995. The Abbey Theatre will produce his new translation of Lorca's The House of Bernada Alba in the spring of 2003. His novels include Macker's Garden (1982), Time Out of Mind/Strappado Square (1983), The Engine of Owl-Light (1987), The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998) and Annie Dunne (2002). In the 1980s, he published three collections of poetry, and a children's book, Elsewhere: The Adventures of Belemus (1985). He was a writing fellow at Trinity College Dublin from 1995 to 1996.
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