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🎭🎉COMPETITION TIME 🎉🎭🎶 How would you like to WIN TWO TICKETS to our production of "The White Lady Of Kinsale " next week...
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🎶 How would you like to WIN TWO
TICKETS to our production of "The White Lady Of Kinsale " next week 🎶

To enter simply like, share and comment who you would like to bring with you to see The Last Five Years 👫

Competition will end Wednesday 26th February

Best of luck 🎉🎭🎶

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It's show time!! Wishing our production team, cast and chorus the best of luck tonight 🎊There are still some tickets ava...
Destiny Productions - The White Lady of Kinsale

It's show time!!

Wishing our production team, cast and chorus the best of luck tonight 🎊

There are still some tickets available for the opening night in Kinsale tonight - we can't wait to see you all there!

@Jakecarter @aislinnhegarty

Event: Destiny Productions - The White Lady of Kinsale Venue: Kinsale Community School, Kinsale Date(s): 20/02/2020 - 29/02/2020 Thursday 20th FebruaryFriday 21st FebruarySaturday 22nd FebruaryThursday 27th FebruaryFriday 28th FebruarySaturday 29th February Time: 8PMTickets: €25.00Contemporary New...


‘The Last Requiem’. A sneak preview into #TheWhiteLadyOfKinsale , the brand new musical coming to Kinsale this Thursday!

Video featuring Martin Baylor, Patrick Bergin, Harry O’Callaghan & Sophie Charrington.

Listen here to Maurice O'Callaghan on Corks RedFM 104-106 with Dave Mac talking about all things The White Lady Of Kinsa...
Maurice O'Callaghan - The White Lady of Kinsale - Dave Mac's Local Legend

Listen here to Maurice O'Callaghan on Corks RedFM 104-106 with Dave Mac talking about all things The White Lady Of Kinsale Musical

Book your tickets here to not miss out!

Dave speaks to Maurice, writer and director of the White Lady of Kinsale, a contemporary new musical starring Jake Carter and Aislinn Hegarty. Opening at Kinsale Community School Hall on the 20th of February and going for 6 nights until Feb 29th.

Director & Producer of The White Lady of Kinsale, Maurice O'Callaghanat Charles Fort, Kinsale. Speaking about the musica...

Director & Producer of The White Lady of Kinsale, Maurice O'Callaghanat Charles Fort, Kinsale. Speaking about the musical, Maurice said;

“The White Lady of Kinsale is some-what of a passion project of mine, and although I have directed feature films, and written substantial novels, this is my first foray into stage production. I wrote a lot of the songs as a young man in my early twenties, when I was studying Law at UCC, so it has been in the pipeline for some time to bring the production to stage. I revisited the score about two years ago, and wrote many more new songs, which have a naturally have a more mature tone – songs you could only write after decades of life experience under your belt.

I am thrilled to have such great young talent involved, and I know that Jake and Aislinn will do a stellar job in playing the lead roles. It is particularly special to be producing the show for the first time in Kinsale, very close to my hometown of Newcestown, and where the story was borne from”

Introducing 'The Last Reqium' one of the songs featured in The White Lady Of Kinsale Musical The song, written by direct...
The White Lady of Kinsale. The Last Requiem

Introducing 'The Last Reqium' one of the songs featured in The White Lady Of Kinsale Musical

The song, written by director Maurice O'Callaghan was produced last year and performed for this music video by @Martinbaylor and @Patrickbergin. We hope you enjoy it!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Kinsale in February.

The Last Requiem film clip is a testament to the Rock Opera "The White Lady of Kinsale" , By Maurice O'Callaghan featuring Patrick Bergin (currently in produ...

MACROOMMaurice O’Callaghan, author, lawyer and filmmaker was the guest speaker on Easter Sunday 5th April, 2015, at the ...

Maurice O’Callaghan, author, lawyer and filmmaker was the guest speaker on Easter Sunday 5th
April, 2015, at the Macroom, Co Cork 1916 Commemoration Ceremony, to honour those from the town of Macroom who participated in the great, historic, seminal event which led to Irish

Independence: The Easter Rebellion of Easter Monday 1916.

Music: Slán le Máigh by John Lynch, Orna Loughnane, Síona Loughnane, Jane Hughes

MACROOM Maurice O’Callaghan, author, lawyer and filmmaker was the guest speaker on Easter Sunday 5th April, 2015, at the Macroom, Co Cork 1916 Commemoration ...


KILMICHAEL AMBUSH RESTORATION SITE SPEECH on Sunday the 12th October 2014, delivered by Maurice O’Callaghan.

Gura mile maith agat Frances. Cuireann se gliondar ar mo chroi a bheith anseo agus in mor an onoir dom bhur gcuireadh a ghlacadh chun an oraid seo a thahbairt ar an ocaid iontach seo ina bhfuilimid ag oscailt an phairc nua ata forbartha agaibh san ait stairiuil, chailiuil seo i gCill Mhichil.
Thank you Frances/ Sean etc. First of all let me congratulate you and all the committee members and everyone who helped in this very impressive development of this great historic site. The new layout creates spaces for cars and buses to park and the pathways , signage and seating make in an easy and interesting experience for visitors to view one of the most important historical monuments not only in Ireland but anywhere in the world.
As locals, meaning though of us born in this area, we have always been aware of this location but I believe this new development expands its horizons as it were and makes the site more visible not only to an Irish but to an international audience.
This is one of the most important historical sites in Ireland and one could argue, the world. You can travel in the United States where you can view such monuments as the site of the battle of Valley Forge during the American War of Independence or the site of Gettysburg, an American Civil War battle. You can see where they fought to defend the Alamo. England has its location for the battle of Hastings, The Tower of London and countless others, Scotland has Bannockburn, France has Agincourt, the Bastille and so on. Greece has the Pass of Thermopylae. And we have Kilmichael, first among many others.

These locations commemorate acts of great courage and great resistance and they capture the imagination of people no matter the attempts by some to deny their importance. Particularly if the number of the defenders was small and the number of their adversaries was large. More especially still if the defenders were poorly armed and their adversaries had overwhelming might of arms. Here at Kilmichael, the Irish Republican Army began a campaign of armed resistance that not only defeated the scourge of the Auxiliaries of the British Army , but that actually struck a blow at the heart of the greatest empire the world had ever seen. That the fighters here were mere farmboys with a few rounds of ammunition, a few Lee Enfield rifles and shotguns , and that their opponents were hardened professionals of England’s foreign wars, makes their bravery all the more commendable.

For months leading up to this engagement, the Auxiliaries and the Black and Tans were marauding throughout the length and breadth of Ireland , looting, torturing, killing and burning the helpless citizenry. There had been little if any retaliations to their trails of pillage, until Tom Barry and the Flying Column finally said enough is enough. They set out to rid the country of the scourge of the invader and to show that the Irish would no longer be ground underfoot, humiliated, marginalised and starved in their own country as they had been for centuries.

Efforts were redoubled and resistance grew in other counties: Tipperary, Dublin, Longford, Galway and so forth, until within little more than six months, the British were forced to sue for peace and bring about a truce. That such truce led to a signing of a Treaty that caused major rifts among the Irish revolutionaries and led to the tragic Civil War, is another story for another time and place. Suffice it to say that here at Kilmichael the Irish Republican Army was united and the people were overwhelmingly behind them. Here is where the gauntlet was thrown down, here is where the red line was drawn and here is where the Irish Republic was forged.
When I was a boy of 12, I rode a horse from north of Inchigeela to our home farm in Laravoulta, not far from the Bandon river. My father had bought this horse from a farmer and I was given the task of riding it home, a distance of maybe 20 miles in the month of October, over rough roads and lonesome bogs. The horse was poorly fed and tired and so was I by the time we passed the Kilmichael Ambush. When I got to the Ambush I knew I was going the right way although by then night was falling and I still had many miles to go. This was in the early sixties and there was no monument then, maybe the flagstones to show where the fighters had been ranged around. But even then I knew something terrible and something monumental had happened here. It was as if I felt a cold current drifting up from the house of the dead. Such are the legacies and the memories of great deeds. They seep into the unconscious mind a create mythology. Kilmichael is a place of mythology.

I grew up in a house where we were proud to be freedom fighters. Where my father and my uncles fought in some of the great battles of the War of Independence. These events captured my imagination and many years later I wrote about them in some of my stories and films. I became aware that the stories and history of my own place and people were just as valid and just as important as those from anywhere else. As the poet Patrick Kavanagh has said:” Homer wrote the Iliad from such a local row as this”
Kilmichael was our Thermopolyae, the War of Independence was our Trojan War.

Today we have people who may be called revisionists who attempt to look back at these events, nearly 100 years ago and say that maybe they should have done things differently. Some are saying that 1916 was a mistake, some are saying that the men who fought at Kilmichael did so out of baser instincts such as sectarianism, or out of self aggrandisement. I grew up with the veterans of this war, the men I knew, like my father, like Tom Hales, like Tom Kelliher, like Nudge Callinan, were quiet men, dignified men, who helped their neighbours of whatever persuasion or creed and who did not covet or crave money or worldly advancement. They were mild men, they were honourable men and I do not see many of their likes today among the leaders of our country. Yet they are sometimes denigrated by people today: journalists, politicians and certain so called but dubious historians without talent or courage, writing from the comfort of their cocooned offices and cyberspace internets, who are not fit to lace their shoes.

Some people today may be uncomfortable with the notion that the Irish nation was born in bloody revolution, like many nations such as America, or Russia, or France and they try to ascribe the political and social circumstances of today to a time nearly 100 years ago when they were radically different. Problems that can today be resolved by debate or referendum were not an option for our forebears. For example it is impossible to imagine that the recent plebiscite to allow Scottish Independence would have been sanctioned in 1914 by the British Empire, anymore than such a similar option would have been available for Ireland at that time.
Eventually the protagonists in Ireland were prepared to sit down and talk, as everyone must do at the end of the day to resolve any conflict, because conflict is a terrible thing and war is the last resort. But talking can take a long time and concessions may only be extracted by degrees and over a long period of time. We eventually talked to the British and then we talked among our own divided selves. The hostilities of the bitter Civil War were eventually put aside although they left a long and painful legacy, which thankfully have almost fully receded at this time.

Nearly 100 years after the War Of Independence, the last piece of the great jigsaw puzzle that is Irish politics is coming a bit closer to resolution, in that relative peace has come to the six counties of the North of Ireland. Exactly like De Valera, Tom Barry, and Sean Lemass before them ,the leaders of today’s Sinn Fein have chosen the path of debate, negotiation and politics both in the North and also here in the South and they have brought the great mass of the people with them along that road. That is surely to be highly commended.
But we cannot become complacent. Our country today is recovering from the effects of a savage recession. We have to a great degree, forfeited our sovereignty and not to the British any longer but to the European Union. While billions of euro are flowing out of the country every year to pay faceless and anonymous bondholders and banks, large segments of our population are facing poverty and overwhelming debt. Emigration is a cancer that is sucking the life and talent out of Ireland. Thousands of our best and brightest have already gone.

One hundred and sixty five years ago, vast amounts of grain and cattle were shipped out of Ireland to satisfy voracious banks and mortgage lenders, while over three millon starved to death and people died like flies on coffin ships bound for America. It was in part the recent memory of horrors of the Great Famine that spurred people such as, O’Donovan Rossa, and the Boys Of Kilmichael to wrestle the fate and destiny of Ireland back from huge foreign empires. They were prepared to stand up and confront these overwhelming outside forces and bring freedom and dignity to our country. These victories were hard fought, hand won. Are we prepared to lightly discard them for the promise of a financial reward that will benefit a few who are already wealthy, cosseted and protected, while our working class and even our middle and farming class slip into more debt and bankruptcy, facing the renewed spectre of the Sheriff at the door with a bailiff dressed in black, holding his warrant with power to repossess our homes.

In this historic and hallowed spot, on the 28th day of November1920, the Boys of Kilmichael began the long battle to create a free and independent Ireland. Their commitment and their courage was above and beyond reproach. We need such men and women again today. By gathering here and in the creation of this wonderful new park and memorial you have demonstrated and reinforced the prophetic words emblazoned on the stone monument erected here in 1966, that “the generations shall remember them, and call them blessed.


18-20 Lower Kilmacud Road




- The Lord's Burning Rain (2013).
- A Day For The Fire (2012).
- Broken Harvest (1994).

Short Stories:
- A Day For The Fire And Other Stories, (2005).

- In Their Dreams of Fire, (2011).
- A Man Who Was Somebody, (2007).
- Skint! The Diary of A Failed Punter, (2002).
- The Couch Potato, (2000).


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