Play Set In Lixnaw/Lyreacrompane To Be Livestreamed In North Kerry Nursing Homes

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Richard Walsh and James Moran.

LISTOWEL-based theatre-maker Richard Walsh has developed a play based on the local history of 18th century North Kerry and it will livestream to various nursing and care home settings in North Kerry and Limerick on Monday, December 14.

The project is supported by Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland, St. John’s Theatre Listowel and Áras Mhuire Nursing Home Listowel.

The adapted theatrical performance will stream the talk show style performance directly to nursing home residents.

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The project aims to bring the performance to older people and those in supported living and care during the COVID19 lockdown in December 2020.

It partners with Kilcara, Lystoll, Riverside, St. Louise, Beechwood, St. Catherine’s, Killeline and Áras Mhuire nursing homes. All HSE and government health guidelines and COVID19 regulations are following by the theatre company in the delivery of this live-streamed theatre event.

‘Lixnaw 1752’  is a play set in Lyreacrompane and Lixnaw during the 18th Century when the bogs of Lyreacrompane were first being turned into farmland.

It follows the story of  a family who move from Lixnaw (which at that time was considered one of the finest towns in Ireland or Britain) to Lyrecrompane to claim a small farm for themselves. There they encounter people living a different form of life, similar to life in Ireland before the introduction of capitalism.

This project is about the development of farming in Kerry, the creation of ‘butter roads’ to Cork, the Whiteboy movement, Faction Fighting, and the connection between Ireland and the European armies of France, Austria and Spain.

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