Date(s) - 16/09/2017
9:00 pm


A preview of a new play “Fr Barry and the Workhouse Master” will take place at 9.00 p.m. on Saturday 16th September at Ardmayle Church.

Lasting approx. 1 hour, it will be followed by a cup of tea.  All welcome.

Adm. by Donation. All proceeds to Ardmayle Heritage Society.

The play will be performed in The Courthouse, Cashel during Cashel Arts Festival.


Fr John Barry, after being wronged by his bishop, and denied work as a priest,  spent years going in and out of the workhouses of Tipperary, before dying in Cashel workhouse in 1920. He was harshly critical of the workhouse system.

This play is based on the book published about Fr Barry by the late Martin Bob O’Dwyer in 2012, which is based on Fr Barry’s own writings about the workhouse system and also details  his conflict with Archbishop Croke.

The play imagines Fr Barry’s meeting with the Workhouse Master on his initial admission to Cashel Workhouse in September 1906.

Liam O Maoldhomhnaigh (Fr Barry) For Shakespeare in the Glen (of Aherlow) Liam has done Shylock in ‘The Merchant of Venice’; the Schoolmaster Hugh in ‘Translations’ (Brian Friel) and for Cork Shakespeare Company, Jacques in ‘As you Like It’. He did the part of Jud Fry in ‘Outdoor Oklahoma’ in Boherlahan.

Sean Murphy (The Kilfenora Teaboy ) has been on stage with the Pantomine Society and with Cashel Choral & Dramatic Society. He has also produced and directed with the Pantomine Society.

Paul Maher (The Workhouse Master) has written plays, radio history, and a musical since 2010. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh Award & the Listowel Playwriting Award.