“Echoes of Ireland” Raises $$ for Famine Relief

I had to share this letter from the Mayor of West Cork in response to the Skibbereen Theatre Society’s rendition of “Echoes of Ireland”.  The production raised $400.00 for Gorta, an Irish famine relief group that helps hungry people in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The logo above links directly to their website if you’d like to learn more or make a donation.  The play is a series of monologues, one of which directly addresses the Irish famine.

Sometimes it’s good to be a playwright!

“Good morning Brian from beautiful West Cork in the Emerald Isle.

I am a voluntary member of “A taste of West Cork”  food festival and this year we paid hommage to the humble spud. In conjunction with our festival “Echoes of Ireland” was performed  by Skibbereen Theatre Society.

It was one of the most emotional performances I have ever come across. The four local cast members were so professional and there was’nt a dry eye in the house. It was so powerful and the story was told so beautifully. I was so moved by it, I felt I had to contact  you and congratulate you on such beautiful monologues, each monologue was performed so brilliantly and every emotion came to the fore during this story of pride and determination in the face of adversity.

The history was told so brilliantly and the story was so personal, I felt I was part of it and everybody in the room could empathise with each character. At the end there was silence as people wiped there tears and then the crowd stood and applauded loudly.

A lot of Irish children are sometimes bored with history, yet the children that attended this play were enthralled by it and it was evident they possibly learnt more from the monologues that the usual class room history lesson in school. It seemed so real and the audience felt every emotion as each mologue was performed. In fact I could not stop thinking about it for days, the story got to me.

Once again, congratulations on “Echoes of Ireland” and I wish you every success with your future career.

Thanks for giving your permission to Skibbereen Theatre Society to stage this unique piece of work. I believe the proceeds are going to Famine Relief Charity.

If your ever visiting Ireland it would be my pleasure to welcome you to West Cork.

Go raibh míle maith agat (Thank you)”

Kind regards

Cllr Karen Coakley

Mayor of Skibbereen

Co Cork


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