An Crisis

An Crisis ([ənˠ ˈkɹaɪsɪs], "The Crisis") is an Irish comedy television series which was first broadcast on TG4 in 2010 as a six-part miniseries satirising the inner workings of an Irish-language quango. It was written by Antoine Ó Flatharta and directed by Charlie McCarthy.[1][2][3]

An Crisis
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Also known asCrisis Eile
Genrepolitical satire, sitcom
Written byAntoine Ó Flatharta
Directed byCharlie McCarthy
StarringRisteárd Cooper
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
Conor MacNeill
Norma Sheahan
Michelle Beamish
Kate Nic Chonaonaigh
Donncha Crowley
Helen Norton
Jamie O'Neill
Moe Dunford
Mark Lambert
Don Wycherley
Music byRay Harman
Country of originRepublic of Ireland
Original language(s)Irish, English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
CinematographyRichard Kendrick
Editor(s)Kevin Lavelle
Camera setupMultiple-camera
Running time24–27 minutes
Production company(s)Wildfire Films
Original networkTG4
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 7, 2010 (2010-04-07) –
February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)
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A sequel, titled Crisis Eile ([ˈkɹaɪsɪs ˈɛlʲə], "Another Crisis") aired in 2013. The action shifts to the European Commission, with Maeve Kelly Clarke (Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh) exiled to Brussels as Ireland's new Commissioner.[4]


Location filming took place in Killiney and St Stephen's Green. The series received funding from the Sound and Vision scheme of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.


Crisis Eile title card

An Chomhairle Teanga (ACT, "The Language Council"), an Irish-language government agency, deals with cutbacks after the post-2008 Irish economic downturn, media scrutiny and a difficult new Minister.


Both seriesEdit

  • Conor MacNeill as Ciarán Mac Ionraic, ACT's financial controller. From Northern Ireland and with a chip on his shoulder about it, as well as a crush on Aoife. In Crisis Eile, he becomes Chef de Cabinet for Maeve Kelly Clarke.
  • Norma Sheahan as Emer de Barra. ACT employee. A lesbian with a young baby. In Crisis Eile she works with SPIEL (Support and Protection for Inter-European Languages)
  • Michelle Beamish as Aoife McBride, ACT's receptionist. A failed Irish dancer, she spends her time at work doing yoga and meditating to the sound of Raidió na Gaeltachta's death notices.[5]
  • Donncha Crowley as Muiris, longtime civil servant and etymologist who spends his days doing crosswords. In Crisis Eile he moves to Brussels as an archivist.
  • Kate Nic Chonaonaigh as Caoimhe Ní Chuinn, an assessor sent in by the Minister to decide if ACT should be shut down. In Crisis Eile she becomes a junior minister.

An Crisis onlyEdit

  • Risteárd Cooper as Setanta De Paor, acting director of ACT for ten years.
  • Caitríona Ní Mhurchú as Deirdre De Paor, violinist wife of Setanta who runs away with a Hungarian fellow musician.
  • Don Wycherley as Donncha, the Minister. Has a voice reminiscent of Michael D. Higgins and a grudge against Setanta
  • Maeve Fitzgerald as Eileen, partner to Caoimhe

Crisis Eile onlyEdit


An Crisis was well-received, the Connacht Tribune calling it "one of the most entertaining things on TV at the moment, poking fun at so many sacred cows that you wonder how they get away with it."[6] The Irish Times noted An Crisis' "sharp satirical bite" and said it was "a subversive subject for TG4 to give the green light to".[7]

It was shown at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival where it was nominated for six Golden Nymph Awards.[8]

An Crisis was nominated for a Special Irish Language Award at the 8th Irish Film & Television Awards.


  1. ^ "TG4 Introduces Office Drama "An Crisis" - The Irish Film & Television Network".
  2. ^ " - Connecting People Through News".
  3. ^ Delap, Breandan (1 September 2012). "Ar an Taifead (2012): Fis, Fuaim, Focal". Cois Life – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "An Crisis Eile (Series 2) - The Irish Film & Television Network".
  5. ^
  6. ^ Fhlatharta, Bernie Ni (20 August 2013). "Kate enjoys playing the tough nut - Connacht Tribune".
  7. ^ "The heart of the matter and the centre of attention".
  8. ^ "'An Crisis' TG4 series -". 25 April 2010.

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