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

Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre and associate lecturer in playwriting at the universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, Irish playwright Sue Healy has a PhD in modern theatre history. Her most recent stage play Imaginationship (2018) recently enjoyed a sell-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre and is headed to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in August. Cow (2017) was staged at the Etcetera Theatre and Brazen (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Her work has been performed at the Criterion, Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre and has been developed by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and support by the Peggy Ramsay Award. Her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards and the Escalator Prize. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. Sue also tutors Creative Writing at CityLit. 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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