Padraig Connolly
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Connolly as seen in his Crime Flashback
First appearance "Orpheus Descending" (episode 4.14)
Last appearance "Famous Last Words" (episode 4.16)
Reason/Cause Deported
Prisoner No. 01C972
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 35
Date of Conviction February 28, 2001
Affiliations Ryan O'Reily
Spouse None
Relatives Unnamed Mother (Deceased)
Kill Count 1
Episode Count 3 Episodes
Portrayed by Brian F. O'Byrne

Padraig Connolly is an Irish inmate and a PIRA member featured in Oz. Portrayed by Brian F. O'Byrne.

Charcter Summary[edit | edit source]

Prisoner #01C972. Arrested February 28, 2001 - Illegal entry into the United States. Being held pending deportation.

The courts first ruled to grant Connolly asylum, but the INS appealed the decision. He was first sent to a federal prison but after death threats and nearly being killed by a Protestant sympathizer, he was transferred to Oswald.

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

Season 4 Part II[edit | edit source]

Connolly arrives in Emerald City, and is immediately admired by O'Reily and Unit manager Tim McManus. In Em City, O'Reily offers friendship, which Connolly initially refuses as he is not concerned about a long term stay in Oz. As a member of the PIRA Connolly is immediately viewed as a threat by both the British government and several inmates. After he is involved in a fight with two such inmates, both O'Reily and Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier come to his defense.

Afterwards, Zelman tells him that his appeal to remain in the US has been denied and that he will be deported to England shortly. Fearing he would surely hang in Britain and needing protection, Connolly accepts O'Reily's offer in friendship and begins to help build a bomb that will destroy Em City and hopefully allow them to be freed. As the bomb is about to go off, O'Reily has a change in heart and warns everyone to leave Em City. McManus quickly evacuates it and has the S.O.R.T. team ready for action but the bomb is a dud and fails.

The S.O.R.T. team and COs then beat Connolly and drag him off to the hole. Shortly afterwards, a CO goes to the kitchen for a cigarette break. Unknown to him, the cooking gas taps were left on by Ryan O'Reily when he ran from the kitchen to stop Connolly from setting off the bomb. When he lights a match, the kitchen explodes and all of Em City is engulfed by flames. That is the last scene of the season. As nothing is said of Connolly in any subsequent episode the viewer is left to assume he was deported.

Kill Count[edit | edit source]


  • Captain Hardy: Killed in unspecified way with Connolly being involved somehow. (2000)
The Irish

Ryan O'Reily - Cyril O'Reily - Timmy Kirk - Liam Meaney - Patrick Keenan - Daniel Meehan - Padraig Connolly - Seamus O'Reily - Philip Featherstone

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