Sunday 11 December 2016

Play for laughs

Published 24/01/2012 | 05:00

John Daly's report on the legal case taken by Percy French against the directors of the West Clare Railway in 1897 (Weekend Review, January 21) brought to mind a dramatisation performed in Ennis Courthouse on the centenary of the event in 1997.

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A hilarious production by the Corofin Dramatic Society entitled 'Laughter in Court', and scripted by Brian Comerford of Kilrush, covered Mr French's case, as well as that of a Mary Ann Butler. What a thrill it was to discover the script online recently.

While browsing, I also came across another script of Mr Comerford's named 'The Liquidator'. This was a play he wrote for radio in 1987, the theme of which was the arrival of representatives of Ireland's creditor banks to Government Buildings to strip the nation's assets.

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