From Fisherman’s Wharf in California to New Ross

The New Ross-based cast of 'Balclutha' having performed at Fisherman's Wharf in California are looking forward to more appreciation on the home stage.

The Wexford cast of the New Ross based production of the Glencairn Cycle of plays is set to showcase the plays at the 2019 Eugene O’Neill festival in Wexford fresh from their ‘great success’ in California. Recently, the St Michael’s Theatre production showcased aboard the 1886, square-rigger ‘Balclutha’, staged at one of the world’s most iconic visitor attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco Bay. This was the first time that a New Ross production has ever been performed in the USA.

According to the Chairman of the Irish Eugene O’Neill Festival Sean Reidy, “It was a great success.’ “The Irish Eugene O’Neill Festival partnership with the US Festival in California is proving to be a brilliant collaboration for both festivals. I am very proud that a major New Ross production has featured at one of the World’s iconic attractions, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I want to congratulate the Director Paul Walsh, Producer Tomas Kavanagh, Asst Producer Louise Ronan, and all the cast for a magnificent achievement with many logistical and staging challenges. I would also like to thank the Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District Council, Cllr John Fleming, Cllr Anthony Connick, Director of Services Eamonn Hore and Town Manager Sinead Casey for their exceptional support.”

The Wexford cast performed the three one-act plays over three nights on two different vessels in the bay, each night to a full house, The cast inlcuded Bryan Hynes, Gary Stephens, Ronan Berry, Andy Doyle, Jack Matthews, Gerard O’Riordan, Paul Walsh, Stephen Byrne, John Crosbie, Michael Murphy, Tony Brennan, Danielle Reck and Catherine Walsh.

The cast has returned home where they will prepare for the Irish Festival in New Ross and the plays will be performed twice daily aboard the beautiful Dunbrody Famine Ship berthed at New Ross Quayside. The series of three one-act plays are set aboard the fictional ship the ‘SS Glencairn’, Bound East for Cardiff, The Long Voyage Home and In the Zone. These three one-act plays will be presented in one sitting lasting an hour.

The Glencairn Cycle of plays will be showcased as part of the 2019 Eugene O’Neill Festival of Theatre in New Ross, which takes place from October 9th to 13th. A variety of theatrical events, plays, readings, talks, a festival reception evening, lunchtime plays, and panel discussions are set to take place at venues across the town.

Tickets to the festival weekend at St. Michael’s Theatre in New Ross are available at €100. Tickets for individual events are available from €15; for further details see or call 051-421255

The Irish festival is taking place in partnership with the successful festival in California named after the playwright, whose family hail from the New Ross district. It is co-chaired by Sean Reidy, former CEO of the Kennedy Trust, together with Dan McGovern, President of The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, with Tomás Kavanagh as Festival Director, Dr Richard Hayes of WIT as Academic Adviser and Alice O’Neill McLoughlin, one of Eugene O’Neill’s remaining Irish relatives from Tinneranny just outside New Ross, from where James O’Neill emigrated from in 1851.

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