Fionnuala is well known for her work at the National Theatre. Abbey credits include Lydia Languish in THE RIVALS directed by Brian Brady, Katie in BIG MAGGIE directed by Garry Hynes, Theresa in THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN, Caroline Cassidy in BY THE BOG OF CATS (dir. Patrick Mason), and Chorus in MEDEA, directed by Deborah Warner.
Other theatre work includes the title role in YERMA with Galloglass, Jo in THE MADAME McADAM TRAVELLING THEATRE with Field Day, Theresa in FROM BOTH HIPS with Fishamble, Bridget in TRANSLATIONS at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Tessa in THE LOVES OF CASS MAGUIRE with Druid, and Chrysothemis in ELECTRA at Project Arts Centre. She featured in Roddy Doyle comedy films THE SNAPPER and THE VAN directed by Stephen Frears, and played roles in THE CLINIC, MRS. BROWN’S BOYS, AGNES BROWNE, THE DAISY CHAIN and ALARM. She also appeared in a screen adaptation of John Banville’s Booker Prize winning novel THE SEA with Samson Films.
More recently she filmed a role in RTÉ’s political drama CHARLIE, which was televised in 2016, and played Charlene’s Mum in romantic comedy A DATE FOR MAD MARY, directed by Darren Thornton for Element Pictures, which won an IFTA for Best Irish Film in April 2017.