. His father is Fianna Fail T.D.
and former Health Minister
Rory O’Hanlon. He honed his act in Dublin
during the eighties as part of a three-man comedy act Mr. Trellis, which also featured the genius of Barry Murphy
and Kevin Gildea
. Together, they founded Ireland’s first decent comedy venue – The Comedy Cellar
at the International Bar
, which is still running today.
His trademark routine, a mix of sublime Joycean nonsense delivered with a look of absolute terror, won him a huge following on the English circuit, eventually winning him a Perrier award in 1994.
What he’s best known for so far though is his role is the innocent man-child priest Father Dougal on Channel 4’s Father Ted. He’s also done several other comedies and dramas for BBC, and written a best selling novel, The Talk Of The Town.