Professor Patrick Lonergan

Patrick LonerganPatrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway. 
Phone: +353 91 42 
T: @plonergan1111 





I am a graduate of University College Dublin and NUI Galway. My research is on such areas as contemporary Irish drama, Shakespeare and Ireland, theatre and social media, and globalization and performance. Publications include _Theatre and Globalization_ (Winner of the 2008 Theatre Book Prize) and _The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh_ (2012). I am director of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project, an Executive member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, and a Board Member of Baboro International Arts Festival for Children. 

I am currently supervising PhDs on Enda Walsh, the Amateur Drama Movement in Ireland, Shakespeare and Irish theatre, JM Synge and Zora Neale Hurston, the Gate Theatre, and space in Synge, Beckett and Friel. 

I am the academic editor of Abbey Theatre Archive Digitization Project (editor of major digitization project involving scripts, designs, video, audio, etc: over 1 million documents and estimated at 70 TB of data). 



Patrick Lonergan, The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh. London: Methuen, 2012.

Patrick Lonergan, Theatre and Globalization – Irish Drama and the Celtic Tiger Era (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; reprinted in paperback in 2010).


Books (Edited)

Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan (editors), Irish Theatre – Local and Global Dimensions. Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series, Volume 4. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2012.

Patrick Lonergan (editor), Synge and His Influences – Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School. Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2011.

Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan (editors), Interactions – the Dublin Theatre Festival, 1957-2007 (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2008).

Patrick Lonergan and Riana O’Dwyer (editors), “Echoes Down the Corridor”: Irish Theatre – Past, Present and Future (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2007).



Patrick Lonergan (ed). The Methuen Book of Modern Irish Drama. (London: Methuen, 2008).


Critical Editions

Patrick Lonergan (editor) The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh. Methuen Student Editions. London: Methuen, 2010.

Patrick Lonergan (editor), The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh. Student Edition with notes and commentary. (London: Methuen, 2009).


Journal Articles

“I Do Repent and Yet I Do Despair”: Beckettian and Faustian Allusions in Conor McPherson's The Seafarer and Mark O'Rowe's Terminus , ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 25:1, 24-30, 2012.

‘“I Found it Out By the Bogs”: Reviewing Shakespeare in Ireland’, Shakespeare, Volume 6, number 3, September 2010.

“Anything But Stand Still: The Theatre of Billy Roche”. Ilha de Desterro. Special Issue on Contemporary Irish Drama. 2010.

“Rethinking Anti-Irish Stereotypes – Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels and Victorian Prejudice”, New Hibernia Review, 11, 2, Summer 2007, 116-129.

“Régionalisation et mondialisation dans le theatre irlandais depuis 1990”, L’Annuaire théâtral, number 40, automne 2006, pp. 12-15 (translated from English by Sara Migneron) 

Too Dangerous to be Done? – Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, Irish Studies Review, Volume 13, Number 1, February 2005, pp. 65-78.

‘The Laughter Will Come of Itself; the Tears are Inevitable’: Martin McDonagh, Globalization and Irish Theatre Criticism” in Karen Fricker and Brian Singleton (eds), Irish Theatre Criticism, Special Issue of Modern Drama, Volume 47, Number 4, 2004. Reprinted 2007 in Lilian Chambers and Eamonn Jordan (ed), A World of Savage Stories – the Theatre of Martin McDonagh (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2007)

 “‘The Representation of Phineas Finn: Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels and Victorian Ireland’, Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume 32, Number 1, March 2004, pp. 137-48.

“Half-Hearted: Irish Theatre in 2003”, New Hibernia Review, Volume 8, Number 2, pp. 142-51.


Book Introductions

Tom Murphy, DruidMurphy. London: Methuen Drama, 2012.

The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh. Methuen Modern Classics, 2010.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh. Methuen Modern Classics, 2009.


Selected Chapters in Books

“Authenticity, Regionalism, and Modernity: J.M. Synge and Druid Theatre”, Neal Alexander and James Moran (eds) Regional Modernisms. Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

‘Performing the Nation in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’ Representing the Past in Ireland and Quebec. Edited by Margaret Kelleher and Michael Kenneally, University of Toronto Press, 2013.

‘“The Chap That Writes Like Synge”: Shakespeare at the Abbey Theatre’. Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances, ed. Martin Procházka, Michael Dobson, Andreas Höfele and Hanna Scolnicov (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). Proceedings of the 2011 World Shakespeare Congress. 


Selected Journalism/ Other Writing

Feature Article. “Seven Steps to Martin McDonagh”, Irish Times Tuesday 6 November 2012.

Feature Article. “A Dance into the Unknown: Irish Theatre in 2010”. Irish Theatre Magazine. Winter 2010.

Book Review. “Arthur Miller After Monroe: An Artist's Life in the Shade”, Irish Times, March 2011.

Book Review. Dermot Bolger, The Ballymun Trilogy, The Irish Times, May 2010.

Book Review.  Eamonn Jordan, Dissident Dramaturgies, The Irish Times, April 2010.

Play Review. All that Fall by Samuel Beckett. Project Arts Centre. Irish Theatre Magazine. April 2011.

Play Review. Faith Healer by Brian Friel, Gate Theatre. Irish Theatre Magazine, Online edition, February 2010.

Play Review. Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking. Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Irish Times. 2 October 2008.

Play Review. Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, Gate Theatre. Irish Theatre Magazine May 2010.

Play Review. The Waves by Katie Mitchell. Royal National Theatre at the Samuel Beckett Centre Dublin. Irish Times. 9 October 2008.

Programme Note. “Sharing the Experience”, for Orestes, Shared Experience Theatre Company, Dublin Theatre festival production October 2006.

Programme Note. Declan Hughes’s The Last Summer. Gate Theatre. Dublin Theatre Festival 2012.

Review Essay on Irish Theatre Publishing, 1997-2003, The Field Day Review, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2005, pp 257-62.


Scholarly Database.

Shakespearean Performance in Dublin 1660 to 1904:



Methuen Critical Companions to Drama. Series Editor with Erin Hurley.

Series Editor with Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash of Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series for Carysfort Press

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Contemporary Theatre Review
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Irish University Review,
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Hungarian Journal for English and American Studies.
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Platform E-Journal (published by Royal Holloway Drama Studies


Keynote Lectures

“The Chap That Writes Like Synge”: Performing Shakespeare in Ireland, 1660-2012. Shakespeare, Performance and Representation conference, sponsored by the British Shakespeare Association. Queen’s University Belfast, 2-3 November 2012.

“Performing Irish Identities After the Celtic Tiger”, After the Celtic Tiger: Irish Identities in Flux conference. University College Cork, 13-14 May 2012.

 “Globalization, Ireland and Crisis”. Keynote speech at the 2011 American Conference for Irish Studies Annual Conference. San Jose, California. October 2011.

 “Beyond Nations”. Keynote address at “The Mirror Crack’d? New perspectives on the nation/performance relationship in Ireland and Québec”. A research workshop at University College Dublin, 20-21 April 2011

“Globalisation and Anglophone Literature”. University of Tours, France. Keynote Speaker. 22-23 October 2010.

 “The Values of Irish Theatre”. IASIL Annual Conference, Maynooth, 30 July 2010.

‘Irish Theatre and Eastern Europe’ Hungarian Society for Irish Studies Annual conference, Pecs, September 2007.


Recent Invited Lectures

“Druid and Tom Murphy: A Theatre of Miracles”, DruidMurphy Symposium, Fordham University New York, 11 July 2012.

 “Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe: Performing Masculinities”. Notre Dame Irish Seminar, June 2012.

“Irish Drama After the Celtic Tiger”. Princeton Fund for Irish Studies, 13 April 2012.

Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. Edinburgh International Summer School. Edinburgh University, August 2011.

Synge and Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light. Dublin One City One Book Lecture Series, National Library of Ireland, April 2011.

“Irish Drama Today: Through and Beyond a Global Crisis”. University of Vienna, March 2011.

“Anthony Trollope and Irish Nationalism”. Ireland in the Nineteenth Century Irish and English Novel. University of Rome & Irish Pontifical College. 15-17 March 2010.

Irish Theatre After the Boom”, Charles University Prague, December 2009.


Awards and Funding 

European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Book Awards 2010. Best First Book in the Area of Cultural Studies for Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era.

Theatre Book Prize 2008. Awarded by the Society for Theatre Research (UK) for Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era. Award granted in April 2009.


Performance, Nation and Globalization: Modern Irish Drama in Its International Contexts

Irish Research Council

Principal Investigator

1 October 2012- 30 September 2013.

Performance, Nation And Modernisation: Cultural Encounters In Early Twentieth Century Europe

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Principal Investigator

December 2011 – March 2012

Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building


One of eight Principal Investigator s in a project led by Prof. Kevin Barry


Shakespearean Performance in Ireland, 1660 – 2000


Principal Investigator  

December 2008 – July 2010

Internationalization and Irish Drama, 1975-2005


Associate Investigator

September 2007-September 2010


Scholarly Organizations

  • Executive member, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures
  • Director, Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project.
  • Executive Member, Irish Society for Theatre Research
  • Member, American Conference for Irish Studies.
  • Member. International Shakespeare Association.
  • Member. International Federation for Theatre Research