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Pat Butler

Personal phone number: contact via Irish Equity Office
Profession: actor/scriptwriter/director/film critic
Hair Colour: Grey
Height: 5' 10"
Playing Range: 60 - 75
Eye Colour: Green
Agent or Agency Name: None
Agent Address: None
Agent Fax: None
Agent Phone: None
Agent e-mail address: None
IMDb: None
Training: Aidan Rogers, Head of Drama at St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra directed me as ‘Coriolanus’, in Shakespeare’s Roman play of the same name, 1966.

Dónall Farmer directed in Seán Ó Tuama’s ‘Corp Eoghan Uí Shúilleabháin’, Cois Fharraige, 1966.

Dan Donovan/John O'Shea/ directed in wide-ranging roles with Everyman.
Theatre: Everyman Theatre Cork  1967 - 1976

'Mick', in Pinter's 'The Caretaker'                                                                 'Estragon' in Beckett's 'Waiting For Godot'                                                   'Gravedigger' 'A Scent of Flowers'                                                                 'Eiljert Lovborg' in Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler'                                                     'Stephen' in Hugh Leonard's 'Stephen D'                                                       'Harry Heegan' in O'Casey's 'The Silver Tassie'                                   'Artur' in Mrojek's 'Tango'.                                                                     'Brick' in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'                                                           'Rosencrantz' in Stoppard's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'.

Southern Theatre Group, Cork Opera House

‘Sive’, 1972.


Skills: To the business of acting I bring the raw material of my life. Along with a decent, flexible voice, some authority, an intuitive stillness, a sense of mystery and wonder, an internalised silence, strength and vulnerability in some measure, a raging curiosity, an ironic, intuitive intelligence, boundless energy and staying power, and, above all else, the ability to dredge the script, and my 70 years, for the insights and discoveries from which authentic, believable people can be conjured into life and revealed to the observer/viewer/audience.                                                                                        
Film: Without screen-acting 'previous' I am a 70-year-old actor who is a ‘screen virgin’, having been seduced from the stage early on by the twin glamours of radio and television presentation and direction. This interruption to my acting career presents film directors, and myself, with boundless fresh possibilities to explore.



Voice Over: I voiced all my own films and documentaries.
Languages & Accents: Gaeilge Líofa - all dialects.

Accents - many and various.
TV: CV - January 2018

International Award-Winning Irish and English language television, film and radio broadcaster, producer/director, writer, academic, presenter and performer with wide experience across the full range of film and television presentation, production and direction – from the ground-breaking Young People’s programme ‘Youngline’ (1976), through Current Affairs reportage in the 80’s and 90’s and Documentary Films for the past 20 years.

Awards – Gradaim Buaite

  • ‘Oireachtas Lifetime Achievement Award’ - ‘Buaic-Ghradam Cumarsáide an Oireachtais’ (2013)

  • ‘Oireachtas Television Communications Award’, for ‘Kilmichael’ (2001)

  • ‘Television Journalist of the Year Award’, for ‘Ballyseedy’ - National Media Awards (1998)

  • ‘Current Affairs Award’, for Today Tonight’s ‘Kerry Land Deals’, Celtic Film Festival (1988)


Nominations – Animniúcháin:

  • IFTA: Irish Film and Television Academy Award Nomination - ‘Best Irish Language Film’ Producer/Director ‘Ná Lig Sinn i nDearmad’ (2004)

  • Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination - Buaic Ghradam Cumarsáide an Oireachtais (2012)

  • Justice Media Award Nomination - for ‘Scannal’ and ‘Garda ar Lár’ (2008 and 2009)

  • International Federation of Television Archives Nomination -‘Primus Inter Pares’, Madrid (2006)


Selection of Programmes with RTÉ – Cláir le RTÉ

  • ‘Ireland’s Ocean’ (2014)

  • ‘Primus Inter Pares – first among equals’, story of the Cork Film Festival, Léargas (2006)

  • ‘Ná Lig Sinn i nDearmad’ – Lest We Be Forgotten’ – The Irish in World War 1 (2003)

  • ‘Ballyseedy’ (1997)

  • ‘Bosnia – Paradise of the Damned’ (1996)

  • ‘The Palestinians – One People Too Many?’ (1988)

  • ‘Léargas’, ‘Scannal’, ‘Garda ar Lár’, ‘Féach’, ‘Today Tonight’, ‘Youngline’ (1976-2012)


Selection of TG4 Documentaries – Cláir le TG4

  • ‘Stailc 1913’ (2013)

  • ‘Bású/Execution – Childers/O’Connor/Mellows/McKelvey/Barrett’ (2012)

  • ‘Tom Barry – Guerilla Days in Ireland’ (2010)

  • ‘An Chríostaíocht’ (2009)

  • ‘Ernie O’Malley – On Another Man’s Wound’, (2007)


State Occasions: Live TV Commentary with Brian Farrell

  • ‘State Funeral of Taoiseach Jack Lynch’ - ‘Sochraid Stáit an Iar-Thaoisigh Jack Lynch’ (1999)

  • ‘State Visit of Queen Elizabeth II of England’ - ‘Turas Stáit Eilís a Dó ar Éirinn’ (2011)



  • Post-Graduate Film and Television Skills Module Director, Scoil na Gaeilge UCD (2008 - 2018)

  • Journalist-in-Residence - Iriseoir Cónaitheach, Scoil na Gaeilge UCD (2006 – 2008)

Commercials: None
Dance: None
Other: See above