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God Bless The Work

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The work is nearly over. And what a week it’s been. We’ve been bowled over by the houses, the reaction, the applause. It’s been terrific to bring the show to a hometown audience as part of the AKA festival. And thankfully it’s all been going down a storm. Thank you from the bottom of our […]

The Makings Of A Ripping Yarn

John Morton
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The History: The Squad, originally nicknamed the Twelve Apostles, was a real life unit that were founded by Michael Collins in the run up to the War Of Independence. Their main goal was to counteract British Intelligence at this time, through means mostly focusing on assassinations. They did, as we term it in the play […]

Burnin’ Hell

John Morton
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Well, that escalated quickly. By the morning of opening night The Hellfire Squad had pretty much sold out its night time run in Dublin and now, it’s entirely gone for each night. This is a hot show, on a hot week. Hot as hell, you could say. The response has been phenomenal thus far and […]

Fire and Brimstone

John Morton
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The countdown is finished. Tonight we’re going straight to hell… The Hellfire Squad previews in Project Arts Centre tonight. We’ll be opening proper on Tuesday night and then it’s a straight sprint to this Saturday. We’ve launched the second trailer for the play which sees Michael Collins’ list made flesh. It’s a full countdown of […]

#1. ‘The Bould’ Kathleen Sweeney

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“We do the jobs we’re given…” #1. Kathleen Sweeney (Annette O’Shea) aka The Bould Kathleen. A publican and proprietor of the local Republican hub. Tasked with assembling the squad and overseeing their training. Frequently patronised but a better fighter than any man. Foul of mouth and quick to draw, she’s here to fight for her […]

#2. Tadhg McRoth

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“Will they write about you in the history books?”   #2. Tadhg McRoth (David Fennelly) aka The Teacher. Collins main man and Squad leader. A fluent Gaeilgeoir with a love for Irish myths and legends and a quick temper. Likes to smell a flower in bloom. Survived the Rising with flying colours and has now […]

#3. Walter Meade

John Morton
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“I’d call that a good days labour…” #3. Walter Meade (John Morton) aka The Blacksmith. A veteran of the Rising and suffering from shell-shock as a result. A loud, swaggering one eyed figure obsessed with the work. Highly emotional, quick to temper and very trigger happy. His role in the Squad is a bit of […]

Squad Goals

John Morton
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We’re officially a week away from the opening of The Hellfire Squad in Project Arts Centre. Then it’s another week away from taking the show home to Kilkenny and The Watergate Theatre. We’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks now, 3 weeks that have absolutely flown. The process has not been unlike the training of the […]

#4. Fr. Desmond Furey

John Morton
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“Doing the dirty work of a nation…” Fr. Desmond Furey (Dave Fleming) aka The Defrocked Preacher. A fire and brimstone spewing, chain smoking, tough-as-nails priest who puts the fear of god in the enemy. Long feared as a shin hacking, ultra competitive lover of the GAA, he is lethal with a hurley. Quietly moved to […]

#5. Finbarr McLiammoir

John Morton
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“I wanted a big part in a big story…” #5. Finbarr McLiammoir (John Doran) aka Paudie Blennerhasset aka Dionysus Ffolliott is a man of many men. A gruff voiced Cork born thespian, of gypsy lineage, with a fine penchant for mimicry and a way with a ballad. He has a devious hold on the dark theatrical […]