Most well known for his role as Edso Dowling in the BBC series Ballykissangel, he is also notable for his guest spots on Rebel Heart and DDU and for his big screen appearances in Veronica Guerin and One Hundred Mornings.
Early in his acting career, he made a brief appearance in the Cher film Faithful.
He played a small role in the Daniel Day-Lewis feature The Boxer.
In 1994, while living in New York City, he and his wife, Monica, welcomed a daughter named Saoirse Una Ronan. Saoirse went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for her childhood role in the Keira Knightley and James McAvoy film Atonement.