Colin Murphy

Selected credits

  • Haughey : GregoryFishamble/Abbey Theatre
  • The Guarantee / The BailoutJohn Kelleher Media/Virgin Media TV
  • Trial of the CenturyTreasure Entertainment/TV3
  • Leave to RemainTreasure Entertainment/RTÉ
  • Inside the GPOGPO/ Fishamble


Colin Murphy is a writer for stage and screen.  He is also a journalist and documentary maker.

His political dramas Guaranteed! and Bailed Out! were commissioned by Fishamble, the new play company and he subsequently adapted them for screen as The Guarantee (IFTA nominated) and The Bailout both broadcast by TV3/Virgin Media TV.  Further screen writing credits include Trial of the Century, a landmark historical drama for TV3/Treasure Entertainment and Leave To Remain,a film for RTÉ/Treasure Entertainment and winner of RTÉ’s Storyland drama competition.

His play Haughey:Gregory  was performed at the Peacock Theatre in 2018 and will tour in 2019.  Inside the GPO was written and performed as part of the 1916 centenary of the Easter Rising. Both were commissioned by Fishamble the new play company with whom he has a long association.

Featured work

The Guarantee

Produced by John Kelleher Media
supported by BAI, Irish Film Board & TV3
Nominated for Irish Film & Television Award

A feature drama that reconstructs real events culminating in the fateful decision by the Irish State to offer a blanket bank guarantee in September 2008.

“The approach of mixing the factual with the fictional works brilliantly in delivering a spectacle that pulls off the difficult task of being both hugely entertaining and yet remains, a rigorous work.” The Sunday Independent

The Sunday Times  ****

The Bailout

Produced by John Kelleher Media
supported by the BAI & TV3

Directors: Conall Morrison & John Comiskey
Cinematographer:  John Comiskey
Costume Design:  Joan O’Clery
Photo:  Declan Conlan as Brian Lenihan in the Bailout.


A two-part drama telling the dramatic story of how the battle to save Ireland’s economic sovereignty was fought, and lost.

Leave To Remain

RTÉ/Treasure Entertainment
Winner of RTÉ Storyland

Producer: Claire McCaughley
Director: Vincent Gallagher
Cinematographer: Narayan Van Maele

Leave to Remain follows the story of Anwer, a Kurdish refugee attempting to start a new life for himself and his family in Ireland. Anwer enters into direct provision and soon becomes frustrated with the interminable wait for the system to verify his past and reunite him with the family he was forced to leave behind.

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