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Flann's Yer Only Man:

Flann’s Yer Only Man is an entertainment by Val O' Donnell based on the life and work of Flann O’Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), who is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift.

Val O’Donnell re-enacts a wide range of extracts from the humorist’s novels and his celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn column in the Irish Times.These are linked with key biographical events in the writer’s life.

Flann’s Yer Only Man was first performed in the Palace Bar, Fleet St., Dublin on 5 October 2011, the centenary of the writer’s birth. Since then, as well as theatre performances, it has played at Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Festival, the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival in Strabane and the Swift Satire Festival in Trim.

“The (Palace) Bar was host to a wonderful one-man show by Val O’Donnell, titled ‘Flann’s Yer Only Man’- a short journey through the life and legacy of Flann O’Brien.”(Eamon Delaney, Sunday Independent)

His performance in the United Artists Club was informative, lively and thoroughly entertaining.”(Don’s Dublin, Blog)

Flanns Yer Only Man, a one-man show by Val O’Donnell, based on the works of Flann O’Brien, was a howl.”(Irish Eyes on Pencil Stubs online)

"It is informative and delightful and what more could you want?" (The Red Curtain Review)

"This is an interesting and witty insight into the life and work of Flann O'Brien and easy viewing for Flannoracs, or those new to his work." (No More Workhorse)

"Flann's Yer Only Man is Val O'Donnell's very funny one-man play that brings to life the work of literary genius Flann O'Brien." (The Public Reviews)


The production has toured extensively and details of upcoming performances are below.



Upcomming performances:


Moat Theatre, Naas, Thursday 27th April8.00pm

Smock Alley Theatre, Monday 1st May to Saturday 13th May 8.00pm with matinees on Saturday 6th and 13th 3.00pm

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Thursday 1st June 8.00pm

The seamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Friday 2nd June 8.00pm


There is a short trailer for the production available at