Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!


For that day that’s in it, I hope ye are all well.

I arrived back yesterday from Glasgow and once more remembered the old Irish wisdom:

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin…

Those of you who follow me on twitter will know that I was on dramatic duty in my native city.

‘Rebellion’ was an absolute blast.

The six-night run was sold out more than a month before the curtain was raised for the first time last Thursday.

The cast and the crew from Sweet For Addicts really delivered.

If you were one of the audience at any of the six shows, then you’ll know what a treat you had.

Over 500 people saw ‘Rebellion’ and here is a review of the play.

In the interests of full disclosure, Robbie Dinwoodie is an old friend, but he is also a very professional theatre critic.

He is a veteran of many Edinburgh Festivals and has seen active service on the Fringe.

His settled view was that ‘Rebellion’ could be easily adapted for the screen and would benefit from that.

This was also the opinion of his fellow Jambo Dave, who also utterly got the interwoven themes of Volunteer Tom Murphy and his geeky Glaswegian descendant John Brown.

One of the audiences stated to me during the interval that “this play couldn’t have been put on here twenty years ago”.

He further explained that, in his opinion, a celebration of Irishness in Glasgow was much more possible now.

I agreed with him.

However, Glasgow still does not have a fitting city centre memorial to the memory of the dead and displaced of An Gorta Mór.

My native city of also aberrant in that it has a large Irish community, but it has no Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

Overall the city has still a way to go to fully embrace the Irishness of many of its people.

Here Cat Boyd takes that fact to task.

The Irish in Glasgow have made undoubted cultural progress since I first wrote about the subject in the 1980s.

Moreover, I’m glad to have played a role in the city’s Saint Patrick’s festival over the past four years.

So wherever you are on this 17th March if you feel in any way connected to this amazing little island then enjoy the craic!

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