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Just what Bloomsday was about is the theme of “The Bloomsday Story,” Robert's two-act play, containing words and music, which runs on February 1 and 2 at The Greville Arms Hotel in Mullingar; February 2 being both the anniversary of Joyce's birth and of the publication of Ulysses.

"These are going to be fun nights," promises Robert, who takes part in the play along with his wife, professional singer Ann Tyrrell, and professional actor Paul Kennedy.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A play by Enniscorthy author Colm Tóibín, based on his 2012 novella about the life of Mary in the aftermath of the Crucifixion, is set to debut on Broadway this spring.

Harry Potter actress Fiona Shaw will star in “The Testament of Mary,” with previews beginning March 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The opening-night show is set for April 22, when it will run for 12 weeks.

The show will be produced by Scott Rudin who, in 2012, won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards, being the first producer to do so.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


A woman who was raped as a child by her father for 10 years told Gardaí (police) that the abuse became as frequent as having dinner, a court has heard.

Fiona Doyle (née O’Brien) said her father, Patrick O'Brien (72), raped her every night when her mother went out to play bingo.

Waiving her right to anonymity, she told the Central Criminal Court that no sentence imposed on O'Brien could “undo the enormous damage that my father has done to me.”

She said: “It is something I have lived with since I was a young child and it's something I will have to live with until the day I die.”
[Source: Irish Examiner]