August and September in Skibbereen – Echoes of Ireland and the Boldest Fenian Man

Echoes of Ireland

Skibbereen Theatre Society will be performing Echoes of Ireland by Brian Petty in both Baltimore and Skibbereen over the coming weeks.

This short play, written as four monologues, traces an Irish family from the potato famine of the 1840s to New York in 2001. The story begins with a West Cork man who has survived the Famine. It follows the fortunes of his descendants and ends with his great-great-grandson, a New York fireman, at 9/11.

The cast includes Catherine Field, Breda Herlihy, Fachtna O’Driscoll and Declan McCarthy.

The dates are, as follows:
Thursday, August 22nd, Baltimore Castle at 8.30pm
Friday 23rd, Skibbereen Credit Union conference room at 7.30pm as part of Hertiage Week
Sunday, September 8th, Baltimore Castle at 8.30pm – in aid of Baltimore RNLI
Monday 9th, Abbeystrewery Hall at 6pm as part of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

The cast of Skibbereen Theatre Society’s play, ‘Echoes of Ireland,’ which was performed free of charge during Heritage Week at Skibbereen Credit Union, pictured with Dr Larry Geary (second from left) of UCC, who gave a talk on the famine, and Elma Casey (third from left) of Skibbereen Credit Union, supporters of Skibbereen Heritage Centre’s Heritage Week programme. Cast members include – from left – Declan McCarthy, Catherine Field, Breda Herlihy and Fachtna O’Driscoll.

The Boldest Fenian Man

Meanwhile, Skibbereen Theatre Society’s acclaimed pageant The Boldest Fenian Man will be staged at 8pm on Wednesday, August 21st, in the Skibbereen Credit Union conference room as part of Heritage Week.

Written, directed and narrated by Con Downing, it succinctly covers the life and times of Irish revolutionary Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, who is played by Frank McCarthy, with Brendan McCarthy as the balladeer.

Following this, at 8.30pm, also at the credit union conference room, Miriam O’Donovan will give a talk on ‘Dr John O’Donovan and His Sources for the O’Donovan Genealogy.’