Saturday February 9th @ 8pm. Tickets €16/€14. Box office 047 39777

 

The premise, of this imaginative play, is that the founding father of Canada, Thomas D’Arcy McGee (1825 – 1868 ), Irish rebel and Canadian patriot, is called from the grave to answer, in the Court of History  the charge that he committed treason against Ireland and her people.   The prosecutor is Newry’s John Mitchel (1815 – 1875), an unrepentant physical force republican from both Young Ireland and the Fenians. Sir Charles Gavin Dufy (1816 – 1903), from Monaghan, the former prime minister of Victoria, who helped found and edited the radical Nation newspaper defends Thomas D’Arcy McGee against the charge of treason.  Both Lawyers have returned from the grave for the occasion.   John A. Macdonald (1815 – 1891), a founding father of the Canadian Confederation and its first prime minister is called as a witness for the prosecution. McGee’s long suffering and loyal wife, Mary Teresa  Caffrey (abt. 1830 – 1871) whom he married in 1847 is called as a witness for the defence.  All of the ghosts are aware of what has happened in the world since they entered the grave.  The audience is the jury, The protocol of an earthly court loosely applies