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Play for laughs

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.

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.

How prescient that idea turned out to be.

John M Lillis
Lahinch Road,
Ennis, Co Clare

Irish Independent