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Seamus O'Rourke: 'My father was a reluctant farmer on a small farm of poor land'

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Seamus O'Rourke has traded agricultural building work for a new career as a full-time writer and actor. Photo: Kevin Byrne

Seamus O'Rourke has traded agricultural building work for a new career as a full-time writer and actor. Photo: Kevin Byrne

Seamus O'Rourke has traded agricultural building work for a new career as a full-time writer and actor. Photo: Kevin Byrne

Seamus O'Rourke is a big man. I had never met him before, but when he walks into the foyer of the Longford Arms there is no mistaking him. He has a presence.

The bearded Leitrim man says "aye" to the offer of coffee; the hotel cup is lost in his hand and he is soon ready for another.

O'Rourke is making a name for himself as a latter-day bard of life beyond the Pale. A far cry from the 'hup ya boy ya' end of rural arts and entertainment, he tackles his topics with intelligence, insight and an edgy humour.


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