Nora Twomey

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Nora Twomey
Born (1971-10-31) 31 October 1971 (age 45)
Cork City, Republic of Ireland
Occupation Animator, filmmaker

Nora Twomey (born 31 October 1971) is an Irish animator and filmmaker. She is a partner in Cartoon Saloon, an animation studio and production company, based in Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Early life[edit]

She was educated at St. Mary's High School in Midleton, Co.Cork. Later she studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin.[1]


In 1998 she helped found Cartoon Saloon, along with Tomm Moore, Paul Young and Ross Murray. In 2002 she directed the award-winning short animated film From Darkness.[2] She also worked on the successful animated TV series Skunk Fu!. She co-directed, with Tomm Moore, The Secret of Kells, an animated feature film.[3] The film is set in 9th century Ireland, at the time when the Book of Kells was written. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009. The Secret of Kells has been nominated in the category of Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.[4] She will direct the animated film The Breadwinner, set for a 2017 release.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 From Darkness Director Short film
2004 Backwards Boy Director Short film
2009 The Secret of Kells Co–director, Walla, additional voices
2011 Escape of the Gingerbread Man!!! Ms. Fox Short film
2014 Song of the Sea Voice director
2015 Eddie of the Realms Eternal Producer TV film
2015 Puffin Rock Producer TV series
2017 The Breadwinner Director


  1. ^ Peter van der Lugt (2009-10-07). "An Interview With Director Tomm Moore". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  2. ^ "From Darkness". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  3. ^ "The Secret of Kells". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  4. ^   Kilkenny Advertiser, Fri, Feb 05, 2010 (2010-02-05). "Nights on the toon for Cartoon Saloon". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (19 May 2016). "International Co-Pro ‘The Breadwinner’ Enters Production". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 

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