Spike Players at The Ivy Leaf on Sunday Night at 8pm

Spike Players / Knocknagoshel / Poor Jimmy Set 14-2-2018
Members of the cast and crew of the Knocknagoshel based Spike Players Drama Group during rehearsals for the group’s adaptation of the P.G. O’Dea play, Poor Jimmy to be staged at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre in Castleisland on this Sunday night at 8pm nightly. Seated from left: Alanna Moriarty, Conor Reidy, Chris Barrett, Lilly Stack Doody and Marian Leahy. Back from left: Mairéad Brosnan, Breda Fallon, Ger Joy, Bertie Hickey and Josephine Roche. Photograph: John Reidy

 Noel Murphy from the Knocknagoshel based drama group, Spike Players sent a message to say that the group will present its recent play, Poor Jimmy at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre, Castleisland on the coming Sunday night,  March 25th. 2018 at 8pm sharp. 

A comedy in three acts, written by P.G.O’Dea, the play will be produced by Cordal native, Knocknagoshel resident, Breda Fallon

All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Tim Moynihan Sky Dive on behalf of Pieta House.

An Old Bachelor

The story involves Nellie, a respectable woman in the community and her concern that her very shy and timid only son, Jimmy will live and die an old bachelor like his uncle Matt.

Nellie is determined to marry him off to a wealthy widow but Jimmy himself has eyes only for the servant girl, Betty!

So will Jimmy get his heart’s desire or will he please his mother….that is the burning question.

Involved in the Play

Those involved in the play are as follows: Noel Murphy, stage manager; Tommy Martin, stage director; Ger Joy, sound and lighting; Breda Fallon, producer. The cast includes: Conor Reidy, Alanna Moriarty, Marian Leahy, Lilly Stack-Doody, Bertie Hickey and Chris Barrett. Back stage: Josephine Roche and Mairéad Brosnan.

The Playwright

The playwright P.G. O’Dea was born in Limerick in 1898 and he spent many of his working years in Athlone as a vocational school teacher.

The Knocknagoshel production, Poor Jimmy is considered as one of O’Dea’s perennial favourites

His plays were in such demand during his lifetime that they could just about be printed quickly enough.

They are also said to provide a unique insight into Irish rural life during the 40s, 50s, and 60s and are now considered to be true windows into the mind-set of the time, carefully observed by a wonderfully gifted craftsman.


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