Judge, Michael

Michael Judge was born in Drumcondra, Dublin on 26 July 1921.

He has written many uncollected stories, publishing these from 1941 to 1951.

Amongst his many radio plays are The Cardboard Man (CBC, 1958); The Hungry One, (Radio Éireann, 1959); You Don’t Understand (CBC, 1959); Retribution (Radio Éireann, 1959); As Other Men (Radio Éireann, 1961); A Harmless Necessary Cat (Radio Éireann, 1962); The Robbers Passing By (BBC, 1963); Full Fathom Five (Radio Éireann,1969); The Walls Came Tumbling Down (Radio Éireann, 1968); You Don’t Know Fosdyke (BBC 1969); A Matter of Grave Importance (BBC 1970); Daire (radio serial, Radio Éireann, 1970); Little Trains that Pass (BBC 1971); Roll Out the Barrel (BBC, 1972); As You Wish, Dear (Sudwestfunk, Germany, 1974); Anything But Love (BBC, 1975); Just a Moment, Sir Knight (RTé, 1979); Bogeyman (BBC, 1979); Goodbye, Moby Dick (RTÉ, 1984); Condo Rules OK (RTÉ 1984); A Donkey in the West (BBC, 1986); The Anniversary Waltz (BBC, 1987); and Heaven’s First Law (RTÉ, 1997).

Give Your Child a Chance, a radio documentary for RTÉ, was awarded the Japan Prize. He was a writer on the radio serials Daire (1970); Glenmalin Park (1974-75); and Harbour Hotel (1978-1990), all for RTÉ.

His TV plays include Roll Out the Barrel (Associated Redifussion, 1963); The Chair (RTÉ, 1964); Don’t Ever Talk to Clocks (RTÉ, 1964); Full Fathom Five (RTÉ, 1964); The Fiend at My Elbow (RTÉ, 1965); No Trumpets Sounding (RTÉ, 1967); The Mother (RTÉ, 1968 [adaptation]); I have Heard the Mavis Singing (RTÉ, 1968); Jingle Jungle (RTÉ, 1968); As the Twig is Bent (RTÉ, 1969); The Decoy (RTÉ, 1972); Whose Child? (RTÉ, 1973); The Other Man (Kilmore House) (RTÉ, 1974); Mistress Mine (RTÉ, 1975); and God’s in His Heaven Etc (RTÉ, 1977).
He was a writer on the TV serials Labhair Gaeilge Linn; O Duill (1966); Tolka Row (1967- 68); Partners in Practice (1971); The Riordans (1972); and Glenroe (1988 – 1992), and the TV series Aililiu (1965); Wanderly Wagon (1977-79); and Caravan (1977), all for RTÉ.

His stage plays include The Chair (1965); Death is for Heroes (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1966); Please Break the Glass Gently (Dublin, Eblana Theatre, 1967 [Gemini Productions] ); An Baile Seo ‘Gainne (The Abbey Theatre, 1968); Saturday Night Women (Eblana Theatre, 1971 [Amalgamated Artists]); There’s an Octopus in the Gentlemen (The Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, 1972); Someone to Talk to (Dublin, Project Theatre, 1973 [Four-in-One Players); A Matter of Grave Importance (Project Theatre, 1973); and And Then Came Jonathan (Dublin, Player Wills Theatre, 1980 [Dublin Theatre Festival]).

He scripted a film, A Like Story (1973), and has published two novels, Vintage Red (London, Robert Hale, 2004); and From the Left Hand (Robert Hale, September 2005).

He lives in Dublin.


Michael Judge at The National Library of Ireland