Rynagh started to write and direct in the 1990s.
She founded Stray Dog Productions, a professional Irish company committed to producing original provocative and innovative Theatre, Television and Film, exploring the untold stories of our time.
In 1991 RTÉ commissioned her to write and direct Born Bolshie, a documentary on Chloe Gibson: a woman who made a major contribution to the development of television drama in Ireland. Loesje Saunders produced.
For this she won a 1992 Jacobs Award (Irish equivalent of a BAFTA award).
“This was a great experience as I got to interview lots of major players in both the Irish and British TV world. I had a fantastic crew, with my good friend Loesje at the helm and the ingenious late Pat Hayes on sound.”
In 1993 she directed Statements after an Arrest at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
In 1995 Rynagh took a Foundation in Film Production course at UCD, where she co-directed a five-minute short, The Con Job.
In 1998, with her husband (musician Eamon Murray), Rynagh took a journey from Mexico to Ecuador exploring the role and development of music in the lives of the peoples of Central America. This journey produced a four-part documentary for RTE FM3: The Sound Of Volcanoes
In 2003, she wrote, directed and performed in Keep Coming Back, a play based around accounts of experiences of addiction within Ireland.
In 2004 Rynagh made a documentary in Cuba on the lives of the artistic community. It was broadcast by SoundRadio UK.
Then in 2006 Rynagh toured the world with a one person show with music played by Eamon Murray, Voices in the Wind directed by John Olohan.
Directing and Producing
- 2013 SEX ON LEGS – A short documentary on the history and impact of high heels, which was shown at a number of Festivals, Orange Film Festival in France, Fastnet Film Festival in Schull Co. Cork and Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece
- 2006 VOICES IN THE WIND – Around The World Tour from India to Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam, Bali, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands and across the USA from San Francisco to Florida.
- 2005 AFTER THE DUST HAS SETTLED. A documentary on the lives of four Cuban creative artists.
- 2004 KEEP COMING BACK by Rynagh O’Grady – Eastern European tour of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Russia, Finland and Germany.
- 2003 KEEP COMING BACK a play that celebrates recovery. Toured USA, Canada, France, England, Scotland including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an extensive Irish tour.
- 1997 THE SOUND OF VOLCANOES – 4 part series for RTÉ FM3 – following a trip she took from Mexico to Ecuador exploring the development of music and its role in the lives of the people
- 1995 Completed UCD Foundation in Film Production course, on which she co-directed a five minute short – THE CON JOB
- 1993 Directed STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, for Da Vinci Theatre Company.
- 1991 Wrote and directed BORN BOLSHIE – a portrait of Chloe Gibson – one hour television documentary for RTÉ. For this she won a 1992 Jacobs Award (Irish equivalent of BAFTA awards).
- Directed three plays for the Brixton Youth Training, Drama Group
- Co-writer and director on two plays with The Sudanese Womens’ Group for Arts and Education – eight weeks in Khartoum, Sudan
- Directed several shows at the Half Moon Theatre.