The Lonesome West

Kilrush Drama Group will perform ‘The Lonesome West’ by Martin McDonagh in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd April before their All Ireland performance in Shercock, Co. Cavan on Thursday 26th April.

The group performed at festivals in Lislea, Rush, Kilmuckridge, Roscommon, Wexford, Kildare, Gorey and Cavan. Congratulations to Mick Byrne who won numerous Best Producer awards, Michael Dunbar & Joe Sinnott who won Best Actor awards, Brendan Doyle who won Best Supporting Actor Awards, Ellie Condren who won Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress awards, Stephen Ellis who won a Special Effects award and Kevin McEvoy who won a Best Lighting award. Also well done to all involved on winning the Audience Cup in Gorey, Best Play in the Dioscese and a Best Set award in Wexford. Break a leg to all involved in the Confined All Ireland in Shercock.

lonesome west


Girleen Kelleher Ellie Condren
Fr. Welsh Brendan Doyle
Valene Connor Joe Sinnott
Coleman Connor Michael Dunbar


Directed by Michael Byrne
Stage Manager Ger Byrne
Set Construction Ger Byrne, Owen Lydon, Martin Breen
Set Painting Maeve Hunter
Set Design Lar Duffy & Michael Byrne
Props Roy Douglas & Tommy Kavanaugh
Lighting Kevin McEvoy & Michael Kelly
Sound Paddy Byrne & Dougie Doyle
Make-up Lorna Doran
Costumes Jacinta Kavanagh
Special Effects Stephen Ellis
Stage Crew Billy Molloy & Brendan Hayden

Setting: Leenane, Galway. Period: 1997

Symposis of the Play: Part of the Leenane Triology by Martin McDonagh, The Lonesome West tells of the frustration of a young alcoholic priest to reconcile two middle aged, feuding brothers, and to stop them killing each other. He also has to ward off the romantic advances of the young Girleen, in a parish he calls the crime capital of Europe. Martin McDonagh’s ability to mix hilarious comedy with violence and dark moods makes him one of today’s most popular playwrights.

Photo courtesy of Tom Byrne