Remembering Johnny


Johnny is third from left, beside his twin Brian and flanked by his uncles Alvin and Aiden.

My 25 year old cousin Johnny who died last week from an epilepsy seizure, is remembered by his aunt Denise in an interview on RTE’s Ryan Tubridy Show. Johnny is survived by his parents, identical twin Brian, his older brother Norman and his sister Gayle. Spare a thought for them today.

Listen here Starts at 01:22


About suehealy

From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Her book on theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022. Sue is an award-winning writer for stage, TV, and prose writer. TV Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. She is under commission with Lone Wolf Media, producers behind PBS’ “Mercy Street”, to co-write the pilot and treatment for a six-part TV series. Stage Her most recent stage-play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts). Radio Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. Prose Sue has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus. View all posts by suehealy

8 responses to “Remembering Johnny

  • John

    Sorry for your loss.

  • writerlyderv

    What a horrible loss. Particularly poignant when you consider that Tubridy had a feature on epilepsy on the Late Late that night.

  • Seyi sandra

    I’m so sorry for your loss!

  • europasicewolf

    So sorry to hear of your loss…

  • Alice

    I am so sorry for your loss, I am 42 yrs of age, working as a primary school teacher and have hidden my epilepsy from all colleagues.
    It certainly is a condition that is severely misunderstood. Only those very close to me are aware of my condition and it is so hurtful when it is referred to in many dreadful ways. I often wonder what I would do if these seizures took place in the classroom but thankfully I have only suffered petit mal while at work. I have been approached by epilepsy Ireland to come forward and speak for those working in my field but I still haven’t got enough courage to do so.
    I came upon this on Monday while I was at home recovering from a bad weekend of seizures and my heart went out to you. Rick O’Shea describes it so well when he said that you keep putting that seizure in a box but eventually it will happen. It’s time I sat my nearest and dearest down and discussed what to do if SUDEP were to happen.

    • suehealy


      Thank you for this post. I feel for you. My only experience /knowledge of epilepsy comes from what I know of Johnny’s history of seizures. I’m curious to know if there is an organisation that offers advice and support to epileptics? Please feel free to email me at



  • Vikki Thompson

    Im so sorry honey (((((hugs))))) xx

  • paulaacton

    Sorry for your loss hun thoughts go out to you and all your family

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