A lesson to be learned

A lesson to be learned
Emmet Kirwan: ‘It wasn’t blokes in tracksuits that ruined the country, it was blokes in suits’

Never afraid to speak out against snobbery, injustice or social bias, actor and playwright Emmet Kirwan will be reaching a much larger audience with the new film version of his play Dublin Oldschool, writes Nadine O’Regan

Ask Emmet Kirwan if he’s famous, and the Irish actor and writer will tell you that he’s definitely not famous. And hey, what is fame anyway? Kirwan, in his typical, philosopher-on-speed way, muses aloud. One man’s celebrity is another man’s non-entity.

“Fame is an incremental thing,” Kirwan says, leaning forward in his seat in a Dublin restaurant, and rattling out his words with nervy energy, displacing air with the verve of...

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