Gerard Stembridge

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Gerry Stembridge
County Limerick, Ireland
OccupationWriter, director, novelist
Notable worksScrap Saturday (1989-91), Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000), Nora (2000), Counting Down (2009)

Gerard "Gerry" Stembridge (b. 1958, County Limerick, Ireland) is an Irish writer, director and actor.[1] He was educated at CBS Sexton Street in Limerick and later at Castleknock College. While attending University College Dublin, he was auditor of the Literary and Historical Society.[2] He taught English and drama at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf.


He reached significant prominence in Ireland when he co-created the satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday with Dermot Morgan.[1] It became one of the most popular programmes on RTÉ Radio.

Film career[edit]

Stembridge wrote the screenplay for Ordinary Decent Criminal (which starred Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino). He co-wrote Nora, a film about James Joyce and Nora Barnacle which starred Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch. He has directed such films as Guiltrip, Black Day at Black Rock, Alarm and About Adam.[1]


A selection of his plays include

  • 1992
  • Betrayals
  • Ceaucescu's Ear (Teatru Míc in Bucharest)
  • Daniel's Hands (City Arts Centre, Dublin)
  • Denis and Rose (Civic Theatre, Dublin)
  • The Gay Detective (Project Arts Centre, Dublin)
  • Love Child
  • Melting Penguins
  • That Was Then (Abbey Theatre, Dublin).
  • The Leaving


Stembridge's latest novel The Effect of Her was published in 2013. He is also the author of three earlier novels: Unspoken (Old Street Press), Counting Down[3] and According to Luke[4] (both Penguin Ireland).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mick Heaney (5 February 2006). "Gerry Stembridge". The Times Online. London. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  2. ^ "UCD L&H Auditors" (PDF). UCD L&H Website. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ Ian O'Doherty (4 January 2009). "Count on it, Gerry is back on form". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  4. ^ Sile McArdle (26 November 2006). "Why every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 May 2009.

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