Oonagh Kearney

Selected credits

  • Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My BrainTyrella Pictures/Arts Council Ireland
  • On The HemlineTyrella Pictures/TV Drama/RTE
  • Wonder HouseIrish International Film Festival/ICA London Open City Docs
  • The ChristeningUnderground Films/Irish Film Board
  • Love at the End of the WorldTyrella Pictures/Galway Film Fleadh


Oonagh Kearney is an Irish Writer and Director with nine award-winning short films, a TV Drama pilot and a full-length documentary. Her latest film Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect my Brain won Best Director of an Irish Short at Cork International Film Festival, Best Irish Short and a Discovery Award at the Dublin International Film Festival, and Best Short Screenplay at the Irish Writers Guild Zebbie Awards.

Oonagh was born in Bristol and raised in Cork. She obtained a BA in English and Philosophy from University College Cork and an M.Phil in Irish Theatre from Trinity College Dublin. Her film career began as a casting director for Ken Loach on his Palm d’Or winning film The Wind That Shakes the Barley.  She subsequently moved to London,  studied Fiction Direction at the National Film and Television School and made the move to become a Writer and Director.

Featured work

Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain

Inspired by the poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Written/Directed by Oonagh Kearney
Produced by Roisín Geraghty for Tyrella Pictures
Cinematographer: Eleanor Bowman
Editor: Cara Holmes
Music: Irene Buckley
Starring Venetia Bowe, John Connors, Marion Cronin

“Oonagh is fast becoming one of the most interesting and distinctive voices in Irish film. We are very excited to see what Oonagh will do next.”  Discovery Award Jury, DIFF 2019

On The Hemline

Written/Directed by Oonagh Kearney
Produced by Barbara Healy for Tyrella Pictures
Cinematographer: Richard Kendrick
Editor: Cara Holmes
Music: Michael John McCarthy
Starring Eileen Walsh and Cathy Belton

Commissioned as part of the RTÉ Storyland Scheme 2017.


Written/Directed by Oonagh Kearney
Cinematographer: Suzie Lavelle
Editor: Maya Maffioli
Music: Gunnar Óskarsson
Produced by John Kelleher for JK Media
Starring Sophie Scully, Niamh Shaw, Mya Turner

“We want to draw special mention to WONDER HOUSE, probably the most ambitious film in the shortlist. We very much appreciate the originality of ideas expressed and applaud the beauty of the piece”  Briony Hanson, Head of Film, The British Council.

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