Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan

Playing Age: 48-58

Height: 5’3”

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Green



Mary is probably best known for her performance in the award winning cult film The Outcasts. Her career began in Jim Sheridan’s production of The Hapenny Place at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre.  She toured to Australia and New York in Druid Theatre’s production of The Playboy of the Western World. and also with The Abbey Theatre’s International Yeats Festival and with Team, Gemini Productions, Project Theatre Company and Theatre Festival productions.

 Mary has produced and performed in many musical shows including; Sean Nós Meets The Blues, Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues and Bawdy Ballads (song in the work of James Joyce). She performs traditional Irish song, delta blues and Dublin ballads which have a twist of humour of their own. She recently recorded ‘Trimmed & Burning’ a collection of delta, ragtime & vaudeville songs from 1920’s onwards and toured with the IMRAM blues project, performing blues songs translated to Irish.

She has also worked extensively in educational theatre providing song/drama workshops to schools and Irish language centres throughout the country. Her CD of traditional Irish songs for children has become an important part of the NCCA Curriculum, she wrote the children’s story Griogar Gruama for BBC Radio Ulster and she has written and directed many plays for young people in Irish and English.

Mary wrote/directed Spiorad Slógadh (TG4) and ‘Bóthar Seoighe (TG4) (about the families who built the first Irish language school in Belfast). She also worked on the Irish language film KINGS and for Aisling Ghéar she directed Republica (Lyric Belfast), Bás Taismeach Ainrialaí,(Irish tour) Siorlaí Valentín (Irish tour) and An Seomra Feitheamh (Waterfront).

An experienced radio drama performer, who has dubbed many animation series into Irish, including The Muppets! Mary also presented Na Gormacha on Radió Fáilte for several years.




Corp Agus Anam Siobhán Griffin TG4
Darach Mac An Iomaire
In Loving Memory Julia Audrey O Reilley
Cosa Nite Olga Dearbhla Walsh
Breakfast In Pluto Mrs Feely Neil Jordan
At Death’s Door Mother Reaper Connor Morrissey
The Courier Carol Frank Deasy
Sometime City Helen Frank Deasy
The Outcasts Maura Robert Wynne Simmons
Caisleán Klaus Bean An Doctúra TG4
Abair Amhrán Singer TG4
The Live Mike Singer RTE/Paul Cusack


Sean Nós Meets The Blues Singer Irish/Scottish tour
An Béal Bocht/ An Tríail/ Dámhsa Ag Lúnaghsa Various Aisling Ghéar
Bríd Ó Galchóir/Séamus Ó hAodha
An Choill Ghruaimeach Various Ababú
Sim Mc Cionnaith
Ag Claí na Muice Dubha Nóra Na Gaoise AnTaibhdhearc
Maolíosa Stafford
Tine Chnámh /Mallacht Muintire/ Dectora Various Project Arts Centre
Michael Scott
Playboy of the Western World/ The Cat and the Moon/ The Bloody Brae/ A Bedtime Story Various Lyric Theatre
Jonathan Holloway/Ben Barnes
Blood Wedding/ Edmund Various Sevenwoods
Frank Conway
Deirdre/Deirdre of the Sorrows Various Peacock Theatre
Jim Flannery/Roman Paska
Broadway Babies Singer National Concert Hall
Blood Brothers Mrs Lyons The Olympia Theatre
Danny Hiller
The Beggars’ Opera/ Mother Courage/ Famine/ The Rivals/Action/ Wood Of The Whispering/ Same Old Moon Various Druid Theatre
Garry Hynes/Andy Hinds


Traditional Tales of Wonder/An Rud Sa Fuil/ Joe s’Againne/ Éalú RTE Drama, Cathal Portéir
Compagnons De La Marjolaine/Mise & Spock/ Oíche Nollaig RTE Drama Seán Ó Briain
Úna Pooka/ Never No More/The Leaving Is All/ Suddenly Unlike Bach/ Like Normal People/ A Lark In The Air BBCNI Drama, Jeremy Howe
Book At Lunchtime/ Morning Story/ Kaleidoscope/ The Arts Show BBC
The Tootie App Tobar Prods


Singer: Traditional Irish song/blues.  
Song/drama workshop facilitator. 
Fluent Irish. Working French. 

Full driving licence

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Mary Ryan, a cover star for RnR!

We were delighted to see Castaway member Mary Ryan on Ros na Rún’s Facebook homepage. Her character Maggie’s storyline is certainly garnering a lot of interest if this RTÉ piece is anything to go by.. To catch up with Maggie and all the other Ros na Rún inhabitants check out their new episodes every Tuesday & Thursday or […]

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Mary Ryan in the PRIME of life

Mary Ryan is fast becoming one of our favourite characters on Ros na Rún with a storyline and performance that unveils new mysteries every week. We’re chuffed she’s going down so well and hope her character Maggie continues to shake things up for the characters of Ros na Rún for many months to come! Here […]

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Bloomin busy!

Keeping it in the family, both Mary Ryan and Ciarán Mc Mahon will be spotted performing extracts from James Joyce’s Ulysses in Kennedys Pub of Westland Row at 11am tomorrow. Best of luck guys, we hope you have a great Bloomsday and add to the day’s festivities in your own unique way!  

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