Paul been involved in music, comedy, TV writing and acting since the late 70s.
Paul’s entertainment career properly started in 1988, when with Arthur Mathews, he formed U2 parody band The Joshua Trio, riding a donkey into the Baggot Inn, appearing on British and Irish TV and selling out London’s Marquee and Dublin’s Olympia. Subsequently, Paul created numerous characters which he performed live and on Irish TV and radio.
In the mid 90s Paul created a republican ballad singer character called Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly releasing an album entitled ‘Publocked’. Ding Dong Denny has appeared on numerous TV shows and indeed has his own RTE one off Christmas special called ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’. Paul has performed live all over Ireland as “Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly” in events such as The Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy Festival and The Forbidden Fruit Festival. He played two headline shows in Vicar Street and later in The Olympia Theatre.
In 2004 he co-wrote with Arthur Mathews RTE Radio 1’s “Luneen Live” and BBC 2's 'This is Ireland', and wrote for BBC 2's “Big Train”. Later that year he co-wrote with Paul Tylak the RTE 2 comedy sketch series “Stew”, which received critical praise as well as proving popular with viewers. In 2005 it won an IFTA award in The Best Entertainment Programme category. A second series was broadcast in December. In 2006 it won a Celtic Media Award.
Paul also co-wrote the hugely successful comedy musical “I Keano” with Arthur Mathews and Mick Nugent – as well as composing all the music. I Keano has had a number of sell out runs in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and as well as a very successful Irish tour. It also played in The Lowry Theatre Manchester.
In 2007, Paul wrote “The Eejits” with Arthur Mathews, a half hour comedy which was broadcast on Channel 4 as well as composing all the music for it. Then wrote and performed in a short animated film for Brown Bag Films, “Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly’s History Of Ireland”. It won two digital media awards and was nominated for an IFTA. It has been shown on RTE and has played at various film festivals.
In 2009 Paul co-wrote with Arthur Mathews a six part prime time comedy series “Val Falvey” for RTE. He also composed all the music for the series.
Since 2010 Paul was writing and performing for acclaimed RTE 1 satirical series “Irish Pictorial Weekly”.
Music had always played a significant part in Paul’s career. In the last five years it has really come to the fore. Having set up his own studio - he did all of the music related material for RTE’s Irish Pictorial Weekly. He has since been composing music for TV and advertising. He has also been working on his own music with an audio visual collaborative project called ‘Aircraft of Tomorrow’ with graphic artist Alastair Keady. He released an ‘Aircraft of Tomorrow’ album entitled ‘Alas Euphoric’ in 2017 which received great reviews including 4 stars in The Irish Times and RTE.ie and 9/10 in Hotpress.
He is currently working on THE FATHER TED MUSICAL and new songs including a new single 'But I Like You'.
Below is a collection of photos of the kind of carry on I've been at these last 25 years. I thought it best to put it all out there - name and shame myself - save any embarrassment later.