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

30 Jan – 1 Feb

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €45

Running time: Approx. 2 hours and 35 minutes, including an interval

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 9 February, 7:30pm

Captioned performance: Wednesday 15 February, 7.30pm

Audio described performance: Friday 17 February, 7.30pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Friday 17 February, 5:30pm

Touch Tour: For visually impaired patrons and their companions to explore the set, costumes and props. To book, contact or call (01) 87 87 222.

Please Note: If you are blind or visually impaired and require a headset for the Audio Description, please contact our Box Office team. You can email us at or call (01) 87 87 222. Headsets are limited so booking is essential.

‘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. 


Show Trailer 

Digital Programme 

The digital programme is available to download here.


Audio-described Programme Notes 

Download the audio-described programme notes here, or listen to them below.

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