Keynote Speaker
Cónal Creedon


Cónal Creedon is a novelist, playwright and documentary filmmaker. Appointed : Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at University College Cork [2016-2020).

His published books include: Pancho and Lefty Ride Out (1995), Passion Play (1999), Second City Trilogy (2007), The Immortal Deed Of Michael O’Leary (2015), Cornerstone (ed.) UCC/Cork City Libraries (2017), Begotten Not Made (2018). His prose has been translated into German, Bulgarian, Italian, with English extracts published in China.

Cónal’s stage plays include: The Trial Of Jesus (2000), Glory Be To The Father (2002), After Luke (2005), When I Was God (2005), The Cure (2005). His plays received critical acclaim in Shanghai, China, when they featured at World Expo Shanghai (2010) and The JUE International Arts Festival Shanghai (2011). The USA premieres were produced at The Irish Repertory Theatre, New York (2009) and (2013). The New York productions were critically acclaimed. Productions of his work have been awarded two Irish National Business2Arts Awards (2000), Best Director at The 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2009), Best Actor at The 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2013) — with nominations for the Irish Times Theatre Awards (2000), Best Playwright at The 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2013).

Creedon has written over 60 hours of original radio drama — broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His short fiction has achieved recognition in the One Voice Monologue Awards (BBC), The Francis McManus Awards (RTÉ), The PJ O’Connor Awards (RTÉ) and has represented Ireland in the BBC World Service World Play Radio Drama Competition. Critical reviews of Cónal’s radio work include commendations in the Irish Times radio critics list of Best Radio of the Year for 1994 and 1997.

Cónal has produced, written and directed a number of film documentaries: The Burning of Cork (2005), Why the Guns Remained Silent in Rebel Cork (2006), If it’s Spiced Beef (2007), The Boys of Fairhill (2009). His documentary, Flynnie: The Man Who Walked Like Shakespeare (2008) was shortlisted for Focal International Documentary Awards UK London. Creedon’s documentaries were broadcast by RTÉ TV — and were presented at numerous public screenings including at the Irish Pavilion in Shanghai China, during World Expo 2010.


Cónal’s keynote lecture “Michael O’ Leary V.C” will be on sunday at 8pm