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Francis A. Fahy
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NEW COMPILATION CD RELEASED

The newly-launched CD has been very well received (See CD Reviews page). Amongst the performers on the first-ever compilation album of Fahy's songs are the acclaimed singers Dolores Keane, Eleanor Shanley, John Faulkner, Bríd Dooley, Seán Tyrell, and Tony Small. Local Kinvara singers are also featured, and the famous song The Queen of Connemara is sung by the Connemara tenor, Seosamh Ó Flaithearta. You can help us clear the extra costs of this high-quality production by ordering a copy of the CD (see below).

'ORIGINAL NIGHT' PLAY A GREAT SUCCESS

The play was co-scripted by Galway playwrights, Colm Corless, Trish Fitzpatrick and Philip Sweeney. Max Hafler directed this world première, which was staged to critical acclaim in Sept 2001 in Galway's Town Hall Theatre.

The Original Night of Francis Fahy captures the spirit of an idealistic generation struggling to forge a sense of identity for Irish emigrants in London. In this amusing and sometimes bizarre account, we meet characters from the Irish Literary Revival (Yeats and Gregory etc.) as well as John Bull and Paddy (Punch Magazine's caricature).

This new play is a compelling, poignant story of Fahy the teacher, songwriter, humorist, social reformer, organiser of the popular 'Original Nights' and champion of the Revival Movement in Victorian London. A memory play: Fahy, now an old man, reflects on his youth - we see a young Francis in Kinvara, ambitious, idealistic, and thinking of his future in London. For anyone who has left their native land to make a new life abroad, the play strikes a chord.

The Francis Fahy Society thanked its patrons, supporters and sponsors, including Galway County Council, which grant-aided the project. "Despite limited resources, we managed to fund a professional production that by all accounts was very well received in Galway. Hopefully some day the play will be staged in London too, where Irish England would surely value a story of this kind."

 

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