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Barry Keoghan, Siobhan Cullen and other Irish celebrities to look out for over the rest of the year

Prudence Wade and Lauren Taylor, PA

September 27, 2023 7:44 am

Even as we near the end of the year, there’s still a lot of pop culture ahead of us to look forward to.

Irish celebrities will be taking center stage throughout the rest of the year, whether in Hollywood films, homegrown TV shows, podcast tours or new albums.

These are some of the biggest names to look out for this fall and winter…

In the movie

Barry Keoghan (Lucy North/PA)

The highly anticipated film Saltburn stars two Irish actors: Barry Keoghan And Alison Oliver.

Dublin-born Keoghan, 30, who starred in The Banshees Of Inisherin, is at the center of this psychological drama, which is due to hit cinemas in November. It follows Keoghan’s character Oliver, a young university student who falls into the world of his aristocratic friend Felix (played by Euphoria star Jacob Elordi).

Cork-born Oliver, 26, who you may know from her role in the 2022 adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Conversations With Friends, plays Felix’s sister Venetia.

Saoirse RonanSaoirse Ronan (Ian West/PA)

Another major blockbuster with Irish talent at the helm is the sci-fi thriller Foe Saoirse Ronan And Paul Mescal.

Brooklyn star Ronan, 29, and Normal People actor Mescal, 27, play married couple Junior and Hen in this adaptation of the book of the same name. The film, which is set to hit theaters in late October, is set in the near future and follows the couple living on a remote farm struggling with the effects of climate change and what happens when a stranger encounters something unusual arrives suggestion.


Nicola CoughlanNicola Coughlan (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Nicola Coughlan – who played Clare in Derry Girls – will star in another comedic TV show this year.

Under the working title “Big Mood,” the six-part series looks at the friendship between Coughlan, 36, and Lydia West (“It’s A Sin”) and what happens when mental health issues come into play.

A release date has not yet been set, but the series is expected to air on Channel 4 later this year.

Born in Dublin Siobhan Cullen – who starred alongside Roisin Gallagher in The Dry – is back with a new darkly comic crime drama: Obituary.

Cullen, 33, plays struggling writer Elvira, who gets paid for every obituary she writes – which isn’t a lot of money in the small town where she lives. Elvira’s solution? Murder someone she doesn’t particularly like and then write the obituary.

The first episode appeared on RTE on September 26th and featured Bad Sisters actor Michael Smiley in the ensemble cast.

In comedy

Stand-up comedian Joanne McNally is best known for starring alongside her friend Vogue Williams on the hit podcast My Therapist Ghosted Me – a funny, candid exploration of the problems she felt her therapists couldn’t handle.

McNally, 40, is currently on his world tour, The Prosecco Express, and next travels to Canada and Australia before finishing with six dates in Dublin in January. She is also taking part in a live tour of My Therapist Ghosted Me with Williams in November and December.

You can also catch the comedic couple in their new TV show Joanne & Vogue’s Sex Drive this autumn – streaming now on Channel 4.

In fashion

JW Anderson runway showJonathan Anderson (Dominic Lipinkski/PA)

Artistic Director Jonathan Andersonat the helm of fashion brand Loewe, is back on the runway at Paris Fashion Week on September 29th.

Expect the unexpected at the Loewe show – the designer is known for his edgy creations and fashion that’s more like art than clothing. The show starts livestreaming at 10:30am Irish time.

In music

rapper Celaviedmai had a big year so far. She opened for Kelis at the Guinness Storehouse Dublin and Gay Times announced her as their Breakout Artist of 2023.

Born and raised in Galway, the 30-year-old is known for mixing genres and using a mix of English, Irish and French in her lyrics. She just released her new single “Cool Ya Temper” – and her second EP won’t be long in coming. Watch this area.

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