Tinahely’s Pádraig D’Arcy and Kieran Tyrell played the lead roles in helping amateur drama group Bunclody-Kilmyshall make it to the RTÉ All Ireland drama finals.
“The Good Father” by Christian O’Reilly, directed by Kieran, stars Pádraig as Tim and Mairéad Connaughton as Jane, who meet at a New Year’s Eve party and go to bed drunk together.
The sequel is told through these two characters. It’s a touching love story, with plenty of humor and a finishing touch, and it won the hearts of audiences and judges alike as the cast, director, and crew took home the awards.
The group have won four festivals, earning them a comfortable place in the RTÉ All Ireland drama finals, and will now perform at the All-Ireland Festival at the Dean Crowe Theater in Athlone on Saturday May 7. The group have qualified for the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals five times since 2009 and this is the fourth time director Kieran has led a cast and crew for Athlone. Likewise, Mairéad and Pádraig, both experienced performers, graced the Athlone stage.
Manager Kieran says “this year, however, qualifying is very special, as it is a return to performance after a Covid-enforced two-year gap.”
Band chairman Rory Kinsella added: “We are extremely proud of Kieran and the team behind The Good Father and qualification for Athlone is well deserved as it is a fantastic show.”
Anyone who wants to see them perform closer to home before the big night can catch “The Good Father” at the Gorey Little Theater on Thursday April 28 or Friday April 29. They will also play at St Brigid’s Hall in Carnew on Wednesday, May 4.
Tickets can be booked via gr8events.ie and will be available on the doorstep of St Brigid’s Hall.