His best-known acting role was that of Father Damo in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. He features in the episode "The Old Grey Whistle Theft". Rooney has had a starring role in the RTÉ television comedy, Killinaskully, in which he plays Timmy Higgins which ran for five series. Joe also wrote on the fourth and fifth series of Killinaskully. Joe currently hosts the podcast PodaRooney on which he interviews guests who are mostly involved in the entertainment industry. Joe has performed stand up world wide including New York, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh,Toronto, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Brussels, Moscow, Muscat (Oman), Manama (Bahrain) and Dubai. He has also performed at Irish festivals in Kansas City (Missouri), Milwaukee and La Crosse (Wisconsin).
In more recent years Joe has had featured roles in TV3's Red Rock, CBBC's Roy and the feature films "Monged" and "South".
Other acting roles include Fergus Scully, a roving reporter who speaks in pidgin English and Irish, on the TG4 sketch show Rí Rá. In 1997, he appeared with Paul Tylak in Messrs Tylak and Rooney, a twelve-episode TV3 comedy travel series.
Joe Rooney also appeared in the movie On the Ball as a main character called "Deco Quinn" alongside actor Des Bird, which was released in 2014.
Joe also appeared with Des in a promotional video called "End in Tears" which was also released 2014.
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