The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes

19th November, 2017

Last night the play’s “world tour” of Kerry came to the Capital. It promised to be “some night” and boy did it live up to its billing.

Crowds gathered at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square from as early as 6.30pm – everyone eager to secure seats as near as possible to the front. By the time the actors came on stage shortly after 7.30pm it was standing room only – everyone anticipating an evening’s drama filled with political fun and laughter – and that is exactly what was delivered.

‘The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes’ has been written by Killarney actor and well known story teller, Ray O’Sullivan. It tells the hilarious and sometimes poignant story of bachelor PJ Doona and his brother Densey who appear time-locked in a life of loneliness and celibacy in their small Kerry family farm. All that was to change however once the well-oiled Healy-Rae political machine rolled into Kilgarvan with politics and electioneering replacing the humdrum of working in the fields – and so this new found excitement sets their lives alight.

In the words of Play Director, Aidan O’Connor “for gifted writer Ray O’Sullivan it was a story waiting to be told on stage. Ray is a talented, observant and a natural storyteller. He has an uncanny understanding of the Healy-Rae way; their language, their sharp wit and the people they represent; and regardless of how political history is written in years to come – or by whom it is written – the Healy-Raes from Kilgarvan will forever stand out as one of the most high-profile political families in Ireland. They are already on their third generation of public representatives – and it may not stop there.”

Many of the Healy Rae dynasty were in attendance last evening to see the Dublin Premiere of the play and we have no doubt that due to popular demand it will return again in the not too distant future.

The after party was held upstairs in the Teachers’ Club and went on well into the night. Younger members of the Association headed to Devitts in Camden Street where politics, electioneering, rural isolation and other topics highlighted in the play were discussed and debated. (Click here for photos).