Jimmy Joyced! looks back at 1904 through the eyes of JJ Staines, a stallholder in Dublin's Rathmines Market with a dangerous obsession for all things Joycean. JJ behaves like a man possessed through the full gamut of 1904 Joyce - from his fraught 22nd birthday in February, until his departure from Ireland with Nora Barnacle in October. In between is the frantic hurly-burly of a young life lived to the full: his war with his mad dad; his bronze medal win for singing in the Feis; a crazed night of gunfire in the Sandycove Tower; his rescue from the mayhem in Monto and above all his passion for Nora Barnacle and their fabled walk on 16th June.
Donal O'Kelly is an actor and playwright, his writings including award-winning Catalpa and Bat The Father Rabbit The Son. As an actor, he is known for his comic roles in movies such as The Van, I Went Down and Spin The Bottle. He recently played Sean O'Casey in Colm Toibin's play about the Plough riots of 1926, Beauty in a Broken Place in the Peacock.