News: Aoibhín Garrihy, Róisín O’Neill and Emmet Byrne Join The Cast of ‘Breaking Dad’

With record-breaking sales of over 45,000 tickets, rave reviews and standing ovations every night, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s ‘Breaking Dad’ is a show not to be missed.

Breaking Dad is the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, following the hugely successful ‘The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger’ (2007) and ‘Between Foxrock and a Hard Place’ (2010).

Aoibhín Garrihy, Róisín O’Neill and Emmet Byrne are joining the cast of the hilarious sell-out hit, ‘Breaking Dad’, which returns to The Gaiety Theatre for the final time, for two weeks only this March! The cast features:

Rory Nolan as Ross
Laurence Kinlan as Ronan
Philip O’Sullivan as Charles

AoibhÍn Garrihy as Sorcha
Roisin O’Neill as Honor
Emmet Byrne as Traolach


Rory Nolan (Druid Murphy, Citizen Charlie, Fair City) reprises his role as Ross and Laurence Kinlan (Love/Hate, The Guard) and Philip O’Sullivan (Vikings, Fair City) are also returning to their roles as Ronan and Charles. They are joined by Aoibhín Garrihy (The Fall, Fair City) as Sorcha, Roisin O’Neill (Sive in the title role for the Abbey Theatre) as Honor and Emmet Byrne (Red Rock) as Traolach, the ‘new Tiger in town’.

The play is set in the year 2022. With a general election about to be announced imminently, the return of Paul Howard’s satirical masterpiece has never seemed more prophetic, or timelier. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, the people are once again selling houses to each other for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world.  He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown.

The play is directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place) with sets designed by Paul O’Mahony, costumes by Catherine Fay and lighting by Paul Keogan.

Speaking today, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly author, Paul Howard said “I am very excited that Breaking Dad is returning for a third run and pleased to welcome three new and brilliantly talented cast members. We had enormous fun and some very memorable nights in Dublin and Cork during the first two runs in 2014 and 2015. I’m really thrilled that those people who didn’t get a chance to see it on those two occasions will have one last chance to see it – and at The Gaiety, a mere drop-goal away from Grafton Street, the centre of the O’Carroll-Kelly universe.”

Don’t miss your last chance to see the hilarious sell-out hit as Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s ‘Breaking Dad’ makes a highly anticipated and final return to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for strictly two weeks only from Monday 14 March until Saturday 26 March 2016.

‘Breaking Dad’ will run from Monday 14 March – Saturday 26 March 2016. Show times are as follows:

Mon – Sat at 8:00pm
Saturday matinees at 3:00pm

Tickets are on sale now.