A Tale of ‘Redemption’ for Christmas On The Radio

A Tale of ‘Redemption’ for Christmas On The Radio




Clare FM will feature the world radio premiere of a new play by two local authors on St. Stephen’s Day at 6pm.

Redemption’ is a compelling tale of a local GAA club – and a community – fighting for its very life. The Kiltumper club has just one match left – against their bitterest rivals from Knocklosh – to avoid the drop to Intermediate status and the possible end of the club.

It’s written by local authors Joe Considine and Don Garry, and produced and directed by the IMRO award winning team of Alan Meaney and Jason Gill.

Side by side with the club’s struggle is the plight of a community blighted by emigration. The two young Boland boys, key players for the team, are about to leave for Australia, they may not even be around for the vital match, and their parents, Mikey and Mary, face the bitter prospect of an empty home.

‘Redemption’ is also the tale of Pat ‘The Tank’ Shaughnessy, the one time footballing hero who has gone to the bad. Will team boss Jim Burke’s plan to bring Pat back into the fold prove to be a disaster, or will it be the magic spark that Kiltumper needs to save itself?

Replete with unforgettable and lovable characters, as well as hilarious moments, ‘Redemption’ is a play about community and shared values in an uncertain future.

A brief trailer from the radio play, Redemption featuring some very familiar drama voices from around county Clare and facilitated by Ennis Players. The play will be broadcast on Clare FM on St. Stephens day at 6pm. Telling the story of the struggle a rural parish has fielding a GAA team and battling relegation. #ClareFM #Clarehurling #drama

Posted by Ennis Players on Friday, December 7, 2018

According to director Jason Gill ‘as a snapshot of a community in crisis, ‘Redemption’ is extremely powerful. It’s a very compelling picture of rural Ireland as it is now, the truth of it rather than what people want you to believe, and there are things in here that everybody listening will recognize.’

The play stars an array of very talented actors from drama groups all over Clare and East Galway, including the highly regarded Ennis Players and Corofin. It features fantastic performances from Arthur Ford, Gerard Howard, Maeve Plunkett, Bosco Clarke, Martin O’ Donoghue and many more.

So do something different this Christmas. Relive the golden days of radio drama with a wonderful play that is all about family, community and the GAA. What could be more perfect this Christmas season?

‘Redemption’ airs on Clare FM at 6pm on St Stephen’s Day, this December 26.

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.