Society marks 25 years with Michael Collins musical

THE story of Michael Collins is the theme of the Tralee Musical Society’s 25th anniversary production which opened last night and runs until this Sunday, in the Siamsa Tire Theatre.

The musical drama — the society’s biggest ever — vividly portrays the life of the Big Fella from the 1916 Easter Rising to his death in Beal na mBlath in 1922.

The show is the brainchild of Waterford-born director and writer Bryan Flynn who has written the music, lyrics and script.

Among the attendance last night were Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Pierse family, from Listowel, who are relatives of Michael Collins.

Playing the part of Michael Collins in the production is Muiris Crowley.

Alan Teahan is playing Harry Boland, Tim Moran plays Eamon de Valera, Laura Lee Murphy plays Kitty Kiernan and Jack Healy plays Joe Emmett.

The role of Cathal Bruagha is played by Ray Walsh while Jim Adams plays Arthur Griffith.

The story is narrated by Mike Lynch, Bryan Carr, Jackie O’Mahoney, Sharon Walsh and Catherine Smith.

The show is directed and choreographed by award-winning director Oliver Hurley. Musical direction is by Aine Murray, with choral direction by Noelle Barrett.

Over the years, Tralee Musical Society has earned a reputation for top quality productions and has won numerous AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) awards.

Past productions include the highly successful Titanic, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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