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John McDwyer was born in Sooey, Co. Sligo in 1947 but describes himself as a naturalised Leitrim man, having lived most of his adult life in that county. He worked in various parts of Ireland for AIB Bank for thirty two years before retiring to help co-found Beezneez Theatre Company, a semi-professional touring company. He has been Artistic Director to the company since its foundation in 1997 and the company has become one of the most popular touring companies in Ireland.
He emerged as a writer in 1992 when his first radio play, Month’s Mind, won the RTE PJ O’Connor award and he has had numerous radio plays performed since then. His first published short story, Fair Day, won the Leitrim Guardian Literary Award in 1994. His Leitrim Trilogy of plays, comprising Lovely Leitrim, Callaghan’s Place and Unforgiven was published in 2007 and other stage plays include You’ll Never Walk Alone, Love Is…. United, Scorpion and Turning Mammy.
His most recent play, Twilight, opened to acclaim in The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon in October 2019 and this play will have a national tour in September 2020.
He holds the unique distinction of having competed against his own play at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone when he won the best actor award for his playing of Frank in
Educating Rita for Breffni Players while Corn Mill , Carrigallen presented his first stage play, Lovely Leitrim.