Helena Byrne is an actor/singer-songwriter/storyteller/director from Kilkenny, Ireland.
As a singer/songwriter she has been a support act for James Taylor, Katie Melua and Bob Geldof at the Source Festival, Kilkenny and Glenstall Abbey Sanctuary Concert alongside renowned Irish singers Moya Brennan and Cara O’Sullivan. She was a third place winner in the 2fm Young Songwriter’s Contest, Vicar’s Street, Dublin and performed as a ‘Lady of the Castle’ for Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquets. She has performed as a session vocalist for both Rónán and Colm Ó Snodaigh, founding members of Irish group, Kila and most recently collaborated with Rónán, who features on her debut album ‘Ceol’.
Helena began her theatre training in the USA & worked for various US theatres including Performance Network Theatre, MI; Bay Street Theatre, NY; Playwrights Horizons Theatre, NY; The Irish Repertory Theatre, NY. Helena returned to Ireland to train with the Gaiety School of Acting, founding The Break-Away Project shortly thereafter.
Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for performance, Helena is a featured storyteller for ‘An Evening of Food, Folklore & Fairies’ in the Brazen Head, Dublin. The evening unfolds over a candlelit dinner in an intimate setting above Dublin’s oldest pub. As you relax between courses, Helena tells stories from Irish folklore, with wonderful insights and mystical tales about Irish life in times past