James Phelan

Academy Member

Irish writer James Phelan is best known for his work on Wrecking the Rising, TG4's three part historical time-travel comedy drama starring Peter Coonan & Sean T. O'Meallaigh, which aired in 2016. James in turn received the award for 'Best Script Drama' at the 2017 IFTA Film & Drama awards.

He is also the creator of the RTE Drama Striking Out starring Amy Huberman, which was produced by Blinder Films and Acorn TV. His other works include TG4's seven-part comedy series Galway Races, which debuted in 2009. The series itself won an IFTA, and saw James pick up a nomination for 'Best Script Television' that same year. James has also worked on a number of animations including Cuby Zoo & Oddbods, the hit children's TV series for One Animation & Boomerang TV.

In 2017, James took up the title of Writer in Residence at the Lexicon library in Dun Laoghaire. The residency required both creative skill in the form of exploring "The Future" thematically, as well as organising a number of events focusing on script adaptation and writing for animation. The year in the position lead to James' next creation Memory Bank, a feature length screenplay. 2020 saw James work as a writer on animated fantasy television series Dorg Van Dango which aired on RTÉ in Ireland and on Nickelodeon internationally.


Awards & Recognition

Wrecking the Rising
  • IFTA Winner, Best Script Drama (2017)
Galway Races
  • IFTA Winner, Best Script in Television Drama (2010)

Key Credits

  • Dorg Van Dango (2020)
  • Cuby Zoo (2018)
  • Striking Out (2017)
  • Oddbods (2016)
  • Wrecking the Rising (2016)
  • Galway Races 2 (2010)
  • Galway Races (2009)