1999 – The life of eighty-five year old Eamon Kelly is celebrated

The life of eighty-five year old Eamon Kelly is celebrated at a banquet in his honour held at the Listowel Arms Hotel in Co. Kerry. Among the 250 guests are John B. Keane, Barry McGovern, Niall Toibin and Frances Black.

Eamon Kelly (1914 – 24 October 2001) was an Irish actor and author.


Kelly was born in Gneeveguilla, Sliabh Luachra, County Kerry. The son of Ned Kelly and Johanna Cashman, Kelly left school at age 14 to become an apprentice carpenter to his father, a wheelwright. He first became interested in acting after viewing a production of Juno and the Paycock.


Kelly was an actor and storyteller who became a member of the RTÉ actors group, the Radio Éireann Players, in 1952. He is best known for his performances of storytelling on stage, radio, and television. He was discovered as a story-teller by Mícheál Ó hAodha, then Director of Drama and Variety, following an informal performance at a Radio Éireann Players’ party.

As an actor, he worked extensively with both the Gate Theatre and Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He was nominated for a 1966 Tony Award in the category Actor, Supporting, or Featured (Dramatic) for his role in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come. He appeared on film in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977).

He recorded Legends of Ireland with Rosaleen Linehan in 1985.



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