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Jimmy Keary – Playwright

I was born in Rathowen, Co.Westmeath in 1958.
I began writing adventure/detective stories at the age of 12 and wrote over 100 stories between 1970 and 1977.
In 1980, I came home from university where I had acted in some student productions and joined the Rathowen Amateur Dramatic Society. I acted in a number of their productions and began writing sketches for their variety concerts.
In 1985 I wrote sketches for the satirical Sunday night series, ‘Davis At Large’.
In 1995 I joined the Granard Writers Group.
I wrote my first one-act play, ‘Looking For Love’ in 1996 and it was staged in the Bog Lane Theatre, Ballymahon in 1997.
In 1999 I wrote my first three-act comedy, ‘The Maiden Aunt’.
To date, I have written 5 one-act and 18 three-act plays.
My work has been staged at many locations around the country, both north and south of the border, as well as in America.
In 2007 ‘Too Close To Home’ received the ‘Most Entertaining Play’ Award at the Doonbeg Drama Festival.
In 2012: Ballycogley Players won the Audience Cup for ‘Mother Knows Best’ at the New Ross Drama Festival while the actors won awards at that and other festivals. Shannonside Drama Clonlara also won awards with ‘The 2 Loves of Gabriel Foley’
In April 2015, ‘The Maiden Aunt’ was performed by the Gaelic Park Players in Chicago. It also competed in the Acting Irish International Theater Festival in Cincinnatti in May where the actress playing Aunt Gertie picked up the Best Actress Award.
My new three-act comedy is titled, ‘Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?’
You are very welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy browsing through it. Feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Jimmy Keary

31 Responses to Home

  1. The Sheriff says:

    What? No Mention of your number one fan? Congratulations my friend……

  2. Jane says:

    Hi Jimmy

    Thanks for the Facebook message. Been busy getting my next short Gothic Horror story ready for filming in the US next year. I like your website very much.

    Have a great Holiday season

    Best

    Jane

  3. Ailish O Brien says:

    Best wishes with the new page jimmy,
    from,
    Clonmore Drama Group

  4. The Sheriff says:

    Jimmy Keary is my favorite Irish Playwrite……..Oh hell…he’s my favorite playwrite PERIOD and I have had the great joy of reading his plays BEFORE they were produced.
    Wish we had him in Cabot Cove,

  5. Jimmy Keary says:

    Thank you for those comments, Ron – you have been very encouraging and supportive of my playwriting since I got to know you, must be five or six years now. I really appreciate it. Not sure if I’d be safe in Cabot Cove – it seems to be a very dangerous place to live. Thanks again.
    Jimmy

  6. Marian says:

    Jimmy Keary website – wow! Congrats on the new website Jimmy – Portumna Players are really looking forward to staging The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley in January – all very upset to have postponed the premiere this week-end but it will be worth waiting for!
    Best wishes from all the cast

  7. The Sheriff says:

    Enjoyed reading the update on your site…Stay well and God Bless.

  8. Dermot Keary says:

    Congratulations on your new website. Loved our visit this summer. I still say you are the handsome one of the family.
    I intend to check the site out regularly.
    Dermotjk

  9. Margaret & Kieran Dalton says:

    Congratulations on your new web site – it really looks fantastic. Wishing you every success in the future – hope you don’t forget the poor relations when you are a rich and famous playwrite !!

  10. Martin Morris says:

    Hi Jimmy,

    Congratulations on the website and on the Shannonside interview. Continued success with your work.

    Martin

  11. We had a great first night performance on Friday 14th. January. On stage again on Sunday 16th. January and the following Friday 21st. January and Sunday 23rd. January. Comments from the Friday night audiences:
    “very funny, and we need plays like this to give us a lift in times of doom & gloom”
    ” a great laugh, well done!”

  12. Tom Murphy says:

    Best wishes on the website Jimmy – great stuff – Not looking forward to the video’s though – photo’s are bad enough!

    • Jimmy Keary says:

      Thanks for the good wishes, Tom. A handsome fella like you shouldn’t be bashful about photos or a video. Now, me, on the other hand, who has to delete a lot of my photos…..Mind you, I think you have a secret pact with some gremlins as the guy who built the website is having trouble uploading that video.
      Jimmy

  13. Margaret Geraghty says:

    Well done going to see your play The two loves of Gabriel Foley

  14. Mary Whyte says:

    Best wishes from the Derrynoose Drama Group Armagh. We all enjoyed your visit for the
    Northern Ireland Premier of your play ‘Mother Knows Best’ last February. It was wonderful to
    have the Playwright and the Lord Mayor of Armagh present in the audience, a little nerve-wracking!
    but an honour. It was also great to see the play so well received when we played again to a packed house
    in the Market Place Theatre Armagh on 23 rd September last.
    Love your plays so much we are going with ‘Fortunes And Misfortunes’ this year on 4th ,5th, 6th March.
    Best wishes from all the gang in Derrynoose.

  15. Much appreciated Jimmy all the help you rendered to us humble Eigse Players in Slieverue Co.Kilkenny.Rehearsals are going well for “Mother Knows Best”.Hope you can get to call down inMarch ,Marley(TessMcDermot)

  16. Rose Younge says:

    Back again Jimmy, your new website is great and best of luck with it!
    I will be checking it regularly from now on!

  17. Rose Younge says:

    Just read through again and I’m not sure if my first comment went through.
    I was letting you know that we are staging The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley on sat 19th, sunday 20th & monday 21st March, late in letting you know as we had to postpone for a week as usual as we are doing so much laughing in rehearsal that we cannot learn our lines! If the people that come to see our performances find it as funny as we do, they will have tears running down their faces from start to finish!
    Great play and great fun, well done as usual and thanks a million!

  18. Tom fitzgerald says:

    Hi Jimmy
    Great website. Just finished our prodution of “The Maiden Aunt” in Mountcoal on Sunday and topped off with a visit from the Minister for Arts, Heritage & An Gaelteach, my class mate Jimmy Deenihan T.D. who had just come back from London a couple of hours earlier.
    We had a fantastic reaction to our production and the laugh that was had was a welcome relief to the doom & gloom present at the moment and the to top it off with a visit from our first local full Minister who spoke very positive about our drama group and our community.
    Cheers Jimmy and keep writing comedies – there is nothing like a laugh.

    Tom
    Hon Sec St Senan’s Drama Group, Mountcoal, Listowel

    • Jimmy Keary says:

      Tom,
      I’m glad the play was such a success for the group after all the hard work they put into it. And then to have the new Minister there on the closing night was a big coup.
      I’m sorry I didn’t get down to see it. I’m looking forward to seeing the dvd. Give my best wishes to everyone involved.
      Jimmy

  19. alice o connor says:

    Best wishes on your new website. Just been to see one of your plays ‘ The Maiden Aunt’ by the St. Senans Drama Group in Mountcoal near Listowel. One of the best productions I have seen on any stage. Very witty and insightful about country life.

    • Jimmy Keary says:

      Alice,
      Thanks for taking the trouble to contact me.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the play. It’s one of my most popular and was being staged near Ballina in Mayo at the same time.
      If you want to read a piece about how I wrote it, click on the ‘February Archives’ on this page, scroll down and find ‘Writing The Maiden Aunt’.
      Another of my plays, ‘Looking For Love’ is being staged in Listowel in April..
      Thanks again for the message and good wishes.
      Jimmy

  20. Tom Keary says:

    Looking forward to visiting with you .I’ll be at the wedding in April .Congratulations on your latest play .Your last one was great .I went to Gealic park in Chicago to see it and was thrilled . Good for you Jimmy..

  21. The Sheriff says:

    Jimmy:
    Once again I am honored to have been allowed to read the new play. It is , as expected, a winner…Every Character has lines all actors live for.For the theatre goer another fun filled evening of laughter,,,Congratulations Jimmy…God Bless.

  22. Anne Nolan says:

    Hi Jimmy
    Picked up your flier in Drogheda Library. Congratulations on your new website I will be keeping my eye on facebook too. Would love to see your plays will you ever bring them to Drogheda? I have penned a play myself some years ago and trying to get another on paper at the moment. I also have a book of funny poetry aimed at women but don’t really know who to approach to publish would you have any information for me?
    If you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated, best of luck and many thanks
    Anne Nolan

  23. bwhitney519@gmail.com says:

    Website looks impressive Jimmy, all systems go for the staging of “The Maiden Aunt”
    in Rathowen Community Centre from Fri 11th – Sun 13th looks like we’re sold out for Saturday the 12th and Friday 11th looks good too so the heat is on!!

    Best of luck

    Rathowen Amateur Dramatic Society (RADS)

  24. Aisteori na Boinne, Drogheda says:

    Just finished 5 nights in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda with “The Yes Man”. Audience thoroughly enjoyed it as did the cast. Fantastic feedback. Looking forward to seeing production of your plays in the East Coast.
    Angela.

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