An Abbey Theatre production

Tales from the Holywell

30 January - 18 February 2023

Written by Damien Dempsey

Directed by Conor McPherson

Booking Information

Dates: 30 January – 18 February

On the Abbey stage 

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 

‘I’m searching in the murk of my own past, looking for clues as to how I can live now, today. History around me. History within me.’

This world premiere Abbey production is a journey through Damien Dempsey’s life.  

Directed by acclaimed Irish writer and director Conor McPherson, Tales from the Holywell sees one of Ireland’s great musical storytellers appear and perform onstage like never before.

This is a story of a young boy from Dublin’s northside finding his voice, his muse and his tribe. 

Tales from the Holywell brings to the national stage, in words, music and song, a reflection on Damien Dempsey’s childhood, the early stages of his music-making and life as an Irish musician.  

Raised on Holywell Crescent, Donaghmede, Damien’s songwriting career spans more than 20 years, releasing 10 albums and performing with Sinead O’Connor and Bob Dylan along the way. His work is known for his truthful and emotive lyrics, celebrating how music can move us all.  

This new Abbey Theatre production will follow our staging of Director McPherson’s award-winning play The Weir and the international success of his smash-hit Girl from the North Country.   

Tales from the Holywell, an Abbey Theatre commission, is a revealing insight into the artist we know and love as Damo. 


  • Writer and Performer: Damien Dempsey
  • Director: Conor McPherson
  • Set and Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan
  • Sound Designer: Sinéad Diskin
  • Costume Designer: Saileóg O'Halloran
  • Musician: Lucia McPartlin
  • Musician: Rod Quinn
  • Musician: Aura Stone
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