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Tommy goes back to school 18 years on -- for a laugh

Brian McDonald

Published 07/01/2012 | 05:00

Eighteen years after it was last performed, 'Religious Knowledge' returns with its original cast of Gerry Conneely and
Gary McSweeney, Tommy Tiernan and Philip Sweeney.
Eighteen years after it was last performed, 'Religious Knowledge' returns with its original cast of Gerry Conneely and Gary McSweeney, Tommy Tiernan and Philip Sweeney.
the original promotion photo

COMEDIAN Tommy Tiernan is joining hundreds of thousands of children as they go back to school on Monday.

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The funnyman was yesterday packing his schoolbag and getting ready for the resumption of classes after the Christmas holidays.

His classroom, however, will be the back bar at The King's Head pub in Galway city where he will roll back the years in a celebration performance of 'Religious Knowledge', the hit play by Dublin playwright Eamon Kelly.

The comedy deals with the antics of three schoolboys and their battles with their teacher, a Christian Brother.

Set at a time when Dana had just won the Eurovision Song Contest, the hapless schoolboys, played by Tommy Tiernan, Gary McSweeney and Philip Sweeney, lead Gerry Conneely as the Brother on a merry dance.

In an effort to promote the show in 1993, the trio performed a version of 'All Kinds of Everything' in the streets of Galway and even ran into Eason's bookshop to look at comic books, pursued by their furious teacher.

Now the country's most controversial stand-up comic, Tiernan was largely an unknown and out of work in 1993 when he got the opportunity to do the show at lunchtime in The King's Head.

Irish Independent

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