EILEEN COLGAN - Maisey O'Connell
Eileen started her career in Dublin and worked in theatres there and in London where she also worked extensively in radio and television. After joining the Abbey Theatre Players she appeared regularly there in shows like 'The Winters Tale', 'Measure for Measure', 'The Hostage', 'Ulysses in Nightown', 'Richard's Cork Leg' and 'Talbot's Box' amongst many others (the latter two shows also enjoyed successful London seasons).
She had the distinction of being invitied to Tokyo to play Molly Bloom during the James Joyce Centenary Celebrations there, and later, both at home, in Britain and in the United States she received unanimous acclaim for her performance of Molly in the stage adaptation (by Anthony Cronin and Ronnie Walsh) of 'Ulysses' which was a hihghlight of Dublin European City of Culture in 1991 enjoying a record-breaking run. During the last couple of years she has brought the characters in the John B. Keane play 'Moll', 'The Chastitute' and 'Letters to a T.D.' to packed audiences in the theatres of Ireland.
Most recently Eileen appeaered in 'Desert Lullaby' in the Everyman Palace Cork and on national tour, directed by Caroline Fitzgerald for Galloglass Theatre Company. Her television credits are numerous, notably her performance in 'Hatchet' for which she won the Jacobs Award for Best Television Performance by an Actress and also Norrie in 'The Real Charlotte', Mrs.Ryan in 'The Lilac Bus' and more recently as the mother in 'The Return' (Granada) with Julie Walters and as Mrs. Painter in 'Malice Aforethought' (Granada). Eileen is perhaps best known to Irish audiences as Mynagh, the priest's housekeeper in Ireland's longest running series 'Glenroe' (RTE). Eileen most recently appeared as Nora in the film adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel 'Tara Road' with Andie McDowell and Stephen Rea and will soon appear as in 'Single-Handed', the 4-part TV series for RTE, directed by Colm McCarthy.