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'I had a spiritual awakening' - Fair City star Tommy O'Neill on how he turned his life around after prison

The Fair City actor, who spent three years in Mountjoy in the 80s, is performing in a new art installation which tells the stories of Irish ex-prisoners

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Tommy O'Neill in The Trial which will run at Cork's Spike Island from July 26 to August 26

Tommy O'Neill in The Trial which will run at Cork's Spike Island from July 26 to August 26

Tommy O'Neill in The Trial which will run at Cork's Spike Island from July 26 to August 26

Fair City star Tommy O’Neill has drawn on his own experience of life in Mountjoy prison to perform in a new art project telling the stories of ex-prisoners.

The 66-year-old actor has been playing Detective Deegan in the hit RTE soap for almost two decades, but he lived life on the other side of the law before he embarked on an acting career.

Following a difficult time at primary school, Tommy left education at 13 and began working in the hotel industry.


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