Ian Kilroy

[aka Rev. Myozan Kodo] journalist and playwright; author of The Carnival King (Galway Fest. 2001) and toured nationally by Fishamble Th. Co.; lecturers in journalism at DIT; former Arts Editor of the Irish Examiner and a features writer at the Irish Times; arts correspondent at Magill; winner of the first Veronica Guerin scholarship for investigative journalism; ed. DC (1st in Journalism MA), and NUIG (MA);

Kilroy is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, co-fndr. Zen Buddhism Ireland, and President of the Irish Buddhist Union; mbr. of Dublin City Interfaith Forum; his longer poem “Brood” was broadcast by RTÉ in the 1990; publ. ‘Orange Traditions’, in response to patriotism in Northern Ireland Michael Gove (TLS, Feb. 1999); he lost an appeal against the perceived religious discrimination regarding the Catholic Chapel and curacy at the Technical University of Dublin (TU/formerly DTI) in July 2022 [Irish Times - online].

‘Transatlantic Poet’, review of Moy Sand and Gravel, in The Irish Times (19 April 2003), Weekend Review, p.8 [as attached]


The Carnival King (Galway Th. Fest. 2001), - in which the ghost of a murdered woman stalks a small town seeking justice while the inhabitants celebrate the annual festival with the election of the King; set in contemporary Ireland ‘amid the wild abandon of an ancient Celtic ritual’ The play was directed by Jim Culleton with and set by Robert Ballagh and with Gerard Byrne, John Finegan, Frank O’Sullivan and Joan Sheehy in the cast. (Notice at Fishamble.com - online).

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