Bernard Farrell was born in Sandycove, Co Dublin.
His plays for theatre include I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1979); Legs Eleven (Moving Theatre, 1979); Canaries (Abbey Theatre, 1980); All In Favour Say No! (Abbey Theatre, 1981); Petty Sessions (Abbey Theatre, 1983); Don Juan (adapted from Molière, Abbey Theatre, 1984); Then Moses Met Marconi (Dubliln, TEAM Theatre, 1984); All The Way Back (Abbey Theatre, 1985); 1-2-3 O’Leary (Grips, Berlin, Dublin, Gate Theatre 1985); Because Just Because (TEAM, 1986); Say Cheese! (Abbey Theatre, 1987); Forty-Four Sycamore (Waterford and Dublin, Red Kettle, 1992); The Last Apache Reunion (Abbey Theatre, 1993); Happy Birthday, Dear Alice (Waterford and Dublin, 1994, 1995); Stella by Starlight (Dublin, Gate Theatre, 1996); and Lovers At Versailles (Abbey Theatre, 2002).
His television drama includes Lotty Coyle Loves Buddy Holly (RTÉ, 1984); with Graham Reid, Foreign Bodies (BBC, 1985-1988); Glenroe (drama series, RTÉ); Radio Waves (RTÉ/BBC 1995). His radio drama includes Gliding With Mrs Gleeson (BBC and RTÉ); The Scholarship Trio (RTÉ); The Final Whistle (RTÉ); When Mr Kelly Met Mozart (RTÉ); The Day Grandpa Disappeared (RTÉ); The Year of Jimmy Somers (RTÉ entry for 1987 Prix Italia); The Final Whistle (RTÉ entry for 1992 Prix Italia).
His work has been translated into several languages and has been produced in the USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Germany, and Australia. He was the Anglo Irish Bankcorp sponsored Writer in Associatation, Abbey Theatre for 1996/1997, and among his awards are The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature;
The Sunday Tribune Comedy of the Year Award; and the Best Irish Production Award in the 1996 Dublin Theatre Festival.
He is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Wicklow.
Bernard Farrell at The Abbey Theatre