Padraic is a native of Bailieboro, Co. Cavan and trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU.
Padraic is Artistic Director of Livin' Dred Theatre Company. He has directed their first twenty productions The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belfry (both of which were nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards) The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat, The Snow Child and The Little Dance Girl, which he wrote for the company. In 2007 he directed The Tinkers Curse by Michael Harding which was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and Conversations on a Homecoming for Livin' Dred/NOMAD which was nominated for The Judges Special Award. He has also directed The Children of Lir; Shoot the Crow, A Christmas Carol and The Good Father, There Came a Gypsy Riding, Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme both by Frank McGuiness, Ride On by Seamus O'Rourke and The Bridge Below the Town and the highly acclaimed Dead School by Pat McCabe.
He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent Theatre as an actor includes: Yellow Sam by Colm Maher (Droichead Arts Centre) Emerald Germs by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred) A Night in November by Marie Jones, (Ramor Theatre), The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred Theatre Co.) Talking to Terrorists (Calypso Productions), The Green Fool, (UpState Theatre Company, National Tours) Two Houses (Upstate Theatre Company) Winter Came Down (Quare Hawks Theatre Company) Howie the Rookie (Library Theatre, Manchester) Shagnasty & Duck (Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh) Loves Labours Lost (English Touring Theatre, National Tour) Big Maggie (New Vic Theatre) A Skull in Connemara (Rocket Theatre, Manchester).
On TV Padraic has appeared in LOVE/HATE and the feature film 'The Ballad of Honky McSwaine' and in RTE's CHARLIE.
Writing Credits include: The Little Dance Girl (Livin Dred) Carnival at Glenaduff (Ramor Players) Going and Letting Everyone Down (Caomhnu Literary Festival) The Voice (Roscommon Youth Theatre) A Holy Show (Ramor Players) The King of Ireland's Son (Aishling Children's Festival) The Lost Weekend (Ramor Players) The Hero of the Half Acre (Ramor Players) and Cuckoo Connolly's Curious Clock Shop, a play for children which toured extensively in December 2015.
Padraic has also written and directed The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down (Glenaduff Productions) which has been a hit in theatre's around the country, selling out seven runs in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin where it is due to return in February 2018.
Padraic has recently directed The Field by John B. Keane and Are you there, Garth? It's me Margaret by Fiona Looney at The Gaeity Theatre in Dublin. He also directed Good Evening, Mr. Collins by Tom MacIntyre at The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. The Kings of the Kilburn High Roadby Jimmy Murphy which toured extensively and transfered into the Gaiety Theatre.