Roche, Billy

Billy Roche was born in Wexford in 1949.
He was for many years a singer, fronting his own band, The Roach Band.

Best known as a dramatist, he has published one novel, Tumbling Down (Dublin,Wolfhound Press, 1984); and a collection of stories, Tales from Rainwater Pond (Kilkenny, Pillar Press, 2006).

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His plays include The Wexford Trilogy (London, Nick Hern Books, 2000): A Handful of Stars (1988); Poor Beast in the Rain (1989); and Belfry (1991).

His other plays include Amphibians (1992); The Cavalcaders (Dublin, The Abbey, Peacock Stage, 1993); Trojan Eddie (1997); Haberdashery (1998); and On Such As We (Dublin, The Abbey, Peacock Stage, 2001, Nick Hern Books, 2002).

The Cavalcaders and Amphibians are published as The Cavalcaders: Two Plays (Nick Hern Books, 2001). Trojan Eddie was filmed in 1996.

A member of Aosdána, he lives in Wexford where much of his work is set.

Billy Roche at Irish Playography
Billy Roche at Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Billy Roche at The National Library of Ireland