Kerry’s Amateur Drama – An Oral History

Currently, interviews with well-known and respected individuals from the world of  amateur drama and theatre in Kerry are being complied.

To date, interviews with Danny Hannon, Owen MacMahon, Fr. Pat Ahern and David Costello have been recorded.

Danny speaks about how his love for drama grew when he was working and living in London and his eventual involvement in Listowel, firstly as an actor in a production of Tarry Flynn in 1964.

David Costello, Castlegregory speaks about his father Robert’s company, the Bohemian Players; one of the fit-ups that travelled the length and breadth of Ireland. Michael has lovingly preserved much of his father’s material including photos, cashbooks, posters, copies of which are currently being accessioned  and catalogued, to  be added to the KWM Amateur Drama Archive

Owen MacMahon speaks about his father Bryan’s hugely influential position in the national amateur drama movement, as well as the founding of the Listowel Drama Group in 1944.

Fr. Pat Ahern – synonymous with the founding of Siamsa Tire in Tralee, Fr. Pat was long involved with drama in Kerry prior to the Siamsa project. He was responsible for directing incredible pageants in Tralee from the mid 1950s, with hundreds of people involved in Christmas and Easter pageants.


Further information is to follow!

Interviews with members of groups from Abbeydorney, Brosna and Killarney are planned shortly.

An interview with Michael Lynch of Cork is also planned. Michael was involved in the Everyman theatre in Cork for many years and rescued hundreds of incredible photographs that are vital to the history of amateur drama in Cork City.