Paraic Breathnach

Inside Biography

Páraic Breathnach is an Irish actor, writer, performer, and storyteller.  

When was Páraic Breathnach Born? What is His Height?

Páraic Breathnach was born in 1956 in County Mayo, Ireland, to national school teachers. He grew up in Carna, County Galway, where he attended University College Galway.

Known for his towering stature, Páraic Breathnach stands at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 meters). 


While studying at University College Galway, Breathnach started integrating himself in the cultural community of Galaway. He was a member of such Irish drama societies as An Cumann Drámaíochta and Dramsoc, and worked to reinvigorate and reinvent the the arts and culture of the medieval county.

 He also worked with theatres like the national Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe theatre and the Druid Theatre Company -- both based in Galaway. Additonally, Breathnach served as the Managing Director of the Galway Arts Center and helped co-found the Macnas performance arts company with fellow drama enthusiast Ollie Jennings in 1986.

The Halloween Parade organized by Macnas SOURCE: Macnas

 Besides his work behind the scenes, Breathnach has also performed on stage in plays like The Playboy of the Western World, Janet’s Table, Sweeney, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland, and Circus Story, to name a few.    

Páraic Breathnach is also a screen actor since he made his debut in 1988. He made his feature film debut in the 1988 Irish movie, Reefer and the Model.  

 His next screen role would only come after eight years when he played Santry the Blacksmith in the 1996 biopic, Michael Collins, starring Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts.

 He also had roles in the 1997 comedy-drama, The Butcher Boy, and the 1998 crime drama, Sweety Barrett. 

 He portrated an ogre in the 2004 fantasy comedy drama, Ella Enchanted, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, and Cary Elwes, among others.   

On television, Páraic Breathnach is perhaps most well-known for playing Jacksie Walsh in the Irish comedy series, Killinaskully. 

Páraic Breathnach (right) and Iain Glen in Jack Taylor SOURCE: IMDb

 He also had recurring appearances as Father Malachy in the crime drama series, Jack Taylor, starring Iain Glen

For his indelible contributions to the cultural invigoration of Galaway, Breathnach was awared an honorary degree from NUI Galway in 2005.  

What is the Net Worth of Páraic Breathnach?  

Páraic Breathnach is estimated to have a net worth of $1 million. He is credited not only as a performer but also the figurehead of the cultural renaissance of Galaway in Ireland. He is the co-founder of Macnas, and served as the Managing Director of the Galway Arts Center. Besides his stage credits, Breathnach is known for his screen appearances in movies like Reefer and the Model, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, Sweety Barrett, Ella Enchanted, and Graveyard Clay; as well as television shows like The Clinic, Killinaskully, and Jack Taylor.     

by shrijan, 17 Jul, 2020

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