Des Keogh

Desmond "Des" Keogh (born 27 February 1935) is an Irish actor. He was born in Birr, County Offaly. He was trained as a lawyer before entering the theatre in his twenties.

Des Keogh
Desmond Keogh

(1935-02-27) 27 February 1935
Occupationactor, radio personality, author
Years activeearly 1950s-present
Spouse(s)Geraldine O’Grady

He has toured widely in a one-man show called The Love-Hungry Farmer, an adaptation by Keogh from a work by the Irish playwright John B. Keane. He has also appeared in a one-man show of Confessions of an Irish Publican by the same playwright.

Keogh has worked with major Irish theatre companies, and also in the London theatre. His film credits include Ryan's Daughter, Ulysses, and Flight of the Doves.

For approximately 35 years, Keogh hosted a weekly radio program for RTÉ's Light Programme called Music for Middlebrows. It was also the name of book on the subject he wrote in 1998.[1]

In April 2010, Keogh appeared in the title role in the play Da by Hugh Leonard at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts in Olney, Maryland, USA.

During early 2016 he starred with Derry Power in The Quiet Land by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh at Bewley's Theatre Café, Dublin.

From 2016, Keogh appeared as Reg Barker on the CBBC series, Little Roy.


Year Title Role Notes
1967UlyssesJoe Hynes
1970The McKenzie BreakGuardUncredited
1970Ryan's DaughterLanky private
1971Flight of the DovesTicket ManUncredited
1977Philadelphia, Here I ComeDr.Francis King
2014The Legend of LongwoodCedric Higgins
2016Sing StreetBrother Barnabas
2016The FlagStuart


  1. "Music for middlebrows". Open Library. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
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