IN a unique event for local radio in Ireland Tipperary Mid West Community Radio have produced a six-part radio drama based on key events in Tipperary during the 19th century.
Written and directed by Fethard-born playwright Paul Maher Tipperary Up and At It involves a total of 57 actors and dramatises how the big events of 19th century Ireland were experienced such as the famine, the Fenians, the election of 1872, the Ballycohey evictions of 1868 and the 1848 rebellion in Mullinahone.
It also touches upon aspects of social history, for example, faction fights, the power of the hedge school master, wake games, Daniel O’Connell’s visit to Cashel in 1843 and the power of the priests.
The series is produced by Jim Keane, edited by Breda Ryan and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound and Vision Scheme.
Many well-known actors from local drama groups have taken part in the series including the Aherlow Players, Emly Players, the Dreamtime Theatre Group and several Tipperary youth theatre groups.
The innovative series will be broadcast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 19th-21st and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25th-27th 11.05 each day.