Alumni Spotlight

Laura O'Mahony - Comedian and Actor

5 Feb 2020
Laura O'Mahony BA 2007, MA 2008

Laura O’Mahony is well known to Cork audiences as one-third of the comedy troupe, CCCahoots. She is a stalwart of the local stand-up scene and is quickly becoming known the country over due to a host of TV appearances in shows such as RTE’s ‘The School’ and children’s favourite ‘The Body Brothers’. We catch up with Laura to talk influences, finding her voice and shocking theatre audiences.

  •  Course/subjects studied in UCC and year of graduation

I studied Drama and Theatre Studies. I did Philosophy and English in first-year and then kept English. I also completed a masters in Irish Writing: Theories and Traditions. I graduated in 2008

  • Best memory of UCC

I loved doing my masters. Having big chats with Professor Patricia Coughlan about Yeats is something that will always stay with me. She was such a powerhouse of a teacher and I loved her lectures.

  • How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

UCC challenged me. My course was not always what I expected it to be. UCC helped me to find myself, my true outspoken voice and to face the unexpected with a wicked glint in my eye.

  • What is your advice to current UCC students?

Be safe, be wise, be happy. Work hard but take many tea breaks. Find yourself, don't lose yourself. Be 100% yourself. The world is waiting for you....enjoy your time in college, stay calm and hold on tight to your dreams. You can and will succeed.

  • What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

I was hugely influenced by Professor Patricia Coughlan as I mentioned but also by Dr Ger Fitzgibbon, Cal Duggan, Professor Elisabeth Okasha....all the greats. I feel truly delighted to have been taught by wise men and powerful women.

  • Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

I, of course, dabbled in the Dramat. One of my huge joys was directing Stoppard’s ‘Dogg's Hamlet’ with my best friend Laura Harte. It even went to the ISDAs (Irish Student Drama Awards) shocking a LOT of people and sure we were thrilled! I also was involved with An Cumann Drámaíocht and it was a great joy for my love of Irish to continue to flourish at third level.

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