A musical written and performed by a new theatrical group, The Rapparee Five from South Down, is playing in the Ti Chulainn Centre, Mullaghbawn on Sat Dec 2 at 7.30pm as part of the Winter Solstice Festival. It has had a fantastic reception to date. The members of The Rapparee Five are Bronagh Lynch, John Shannon, Gary Parr, Sinead McAleavey and Rosemary Tumilty – all songwriters who have come together for the project.
A FORMER parish priest from South Armagh has pleaded with Irish comedian Ardal O’Hanlon to support him in a long-running dispute with the O’Hanlon clan.
Fr Edmund Murphy of Killeavey said that Mr O’Hanlon’s family ties to notorious 17th century outlaw Redmond O’Hanlon, and his links to the church as Fr Dougal, would make him a perfect referee when the two old enemies take to the stage for ‘Redmond O’Hanlon: the Life and Death of an Outlaw’ next Saturday.
“As a fellow priest, and a man of wisdom and discernment, I expect that Fr Dougal will be able to see straight to the heart of the matter,” Fr Murphy said.
“I believe he has some family ties to this Redmond O’Hanlon character, but surely an educated man of the cloth will be able to see through the romance, through the enchantment that O’Hanlon has thrown over my flock.
“Redmond O’Hanlon is a blight on the country but he is beloved by the people. When I preached against him, telling my parishoners not to offer the outlaw shelter or protection, O’Hanlon issued an order that anyone who attended my Mass would have a cow slaughtered… and anyone who attended three times would be killed themselves. I fear for my very life for speaking out against him.
“However, I’ve been asked to speak out again in Mullaghbawn on December 2 and I fully intend to do so. This may be a long-running argument but it is as vigorous as it was when it began in 1666.”
Redmond O’Hanlon was a notorious 17th century rapparee or outlaw in an area covering south Armagh, the Mournes and much of south Down.
His family were chieftains of the O’Hanlon clan and Lords of Orier but they lost their lands to the Crown and were finally displaced in the 1600s.
His colourful lifestyle and his many adventures as an outlaw will be brought to life in a rip-roaring new musical production by The Rapparee Five at the Ti Chulainn Centre, Mullaghbawn, on Saturday December 2 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Ti Chulainn, on the Redmond O’Hanlon facebook page