Poor Beast in The Rain

Dreams came true for Kilrush Drama Group and in particular, for Director, Mick Byrne in 2015 when Kilrush Drama Group were announced as the Winners of the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Kilmuckridge with their production of ‘Poor Beast in the Rain’ by Billy Roche. Founding member of Kilrush, Mick Byrne, who had been at the helm of the group since it’s foundation in 1964 was also awarded Best Producer. Ellie Condren also won Best Supporting Actress.

Proud Director, Mick Byrne, with the Claregalway Trophy


Eileen Ellie Condren
Georgie Timmy Connaughton
Joe Michael Dunbar
Stephen Maurice Ruth
Molly Jane Kinsella
Danger Tony Hickey
Voice of Commentator Tom Darcy


Producer/Director Mick Byrne
Stage Manager Ger Byrne
Stage Crew Tommy Kavanagh, Roy Douglas, Kevin Mulholland, Stephen Ellis and Raymond Brennan
Lights Kevin McEvoy
Sound Paddy & Tom Byrne, Dougie Doyle
Make up Lorna Doran
Costumes Jacinta Kavanagh and Cathy Tighe
Set Design Lar Duffy & Michael Byrne
Set Painting Maeve Hunter
Set Construction Lar Duffy, Ger Byrne, Bert Cogley and Ned Nolan

Setting: Betting Shop in Wexford Town. Period: 1980’s

Brief History of the Group: Kilrush Drama Group celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2014 and launched a book of photos, facts and stories from down through the years entitled ‘Drama at Kilrush’. Current director Mick Byrne was the founding member and is still at the helm of the group. During the 50 years of Kilrush DG, they have produced 71 plays and have appeared in the 3 Act All Ireland Finals on 16 occasions.

Synopsis of the Play: Eileen works in her father’s betting shop. Molly, Steven and Joe manage to keep their regrets about the past safely locked away and young Georgie is ready to turn his back on the outside world and follow their example, until the return of the legendary Danger Doyle. Having turned his back on the cycle of missed opportunities and thwarted desires to run away to London with Eileen’s mother, Danger Doyle now offers Eileen the possibility of escape.