Clare play for All-Ireland One Act Festival

Clare play for All-Ireland One Act Festival


The play ‘Jiving Lessons for the Broken-Hearted’ which premiered last spring in the Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna, has been invited into the All Ireland One Act Festival 2017.

To raise funds to cover the costs (Travel, Insurance, Accommodation etc) Dermot Petty will stage his on Saturday October 21st at the Liscannor Community Hall at 8pm.

“Jiving Lessons for the Broken Hearted” follows the adventures and misadventures of six different characters as they search for love over the course of a weekend during Lisdoonvarna’s famous month-long Matchmaking Festival held in September every year.

Produced by Joan O’Harrahan, (Kilfenora), the cast of Clair Varden, (Kilfenora), Michael Canavan, (Fanore), Lesley Shepard, (Lisdoonvarna), and Dermott Petty navigate the often dark and dangerous place that is the Matchmaking Festival, especially if you are a single, middle-aged person, where having an open heart is a dance away from heartbreak.

Jiving lessons for the Broken-Hearted’ will play at the following festivals

*Saturday October 28th – Goresbridge, Kilkenny

*Sunday, November 12th – Doonbeg, Co Clare

*Saturday, November 18th – Ballymahon, Co Longford


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.