Saturday 10 December 2016

Award-winning drama remembers teen victim

Greg Harkin

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

Kineshia McGettigan takes part in Coláiste Ailigh’s re-enactment of the Rising in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, yesterday. Photo: Brian
McDaid
Kineshia McGettigan takes part in Coláiste Ailigh’s re-enactment of the Rising in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, yesterday. Photo: Brian McDaid

An award-winning play focusing on the youngest fighter to die during the Easter 1916 Rising was the centrepiece of commemorations on Proclamation Day at Coláiste Ailigh in Co Donegal.

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'Faoi Dhrúcht an Cheo' - 'The Foggy Dew' - was written and produced by the school's history teacher, Proinsias Mac A' Bhaird.

And last week it picked up a host of awards at Ulster's Dráma Féile Scoildrámaíochta including, Best 1916 Play.

Parents and pupils packed into the Letterkenny school to watch the drama which focused on Charles D'Arcy, a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead by a British Army sniper on Easter Monday 1916.

"He was the youngest person to die that week," said Mr Mac A' Bhaird.

"He was a little known character until recently and I thought it would be an idea to focus on the death of this teenage boy during the Rising."

The Irish language college also took time to remember Donegal native Charles McGee, the first RIC officer to die on Easter Monday 1916. He was shot dead in Co Louth.

The school's oldest pupil, sixth-year student Aodh Mac Giolla Cearra, read the Proclamation in Irish before the youngest, 11-year-old Niall O'Muireadhaigh, raised the Tricolour at the school.

Irish Independent

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