The Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class in association with the Galway Council of Trade Unions present
A panel discussion on
James Connolly: life, death, and legacy
Preceded by short excerpt from
The Non-Stop Connolly Show,
performed by Margaretta D’Arcy
Galway Mechanics Institute,
Thursday, 18th February, 8 pm
Meredith Meagher is currently completing a PhD at the University of Notre Dame. She was employed as a researcher on the RTE documentary series The Rising, and is a committee member of the ICHLC
Emmet O’Connor is a Lecturer in History at the University of Ulster. His most recent works are Big Jim Larkin: hero or wrecker (2105) and Studies in Irish Radical Leadership, co-edited with John Cunningham (2016).
Non-Stop Connolly Show
The Non-Stop Connolly Show, a drama in 6 parts over 24 hours, was one of the great drama ‘by John Arden & Margaretta D’Arcy, looks at different periods in James Connolly’s life: Boyhood; Apprenticeship; Professional; The New World; The Great Lockout; World War and the Rising. Trying to persuade a journalist to attend the show in 1975, D’Arcy reassured him that ‘the whole thing will no more demanding than say, Upstairs Downstairs [the Downton Abbey of its day].’
The Connolly Show was first staged in full in Dublin’s Liberty Hall over Easter weekend, 1975. Directed by the authors with Jim Sheridan & Robert Walker, the play’s joint producers were the Irish Workers’ Cultural Centre, the Irish Transport & General Workers’ Union and Official Sinn Féin. An abridged (11 hour) version, The All-Night Connolly Show was produced at the Galway Grammar School in May 1975, under the auspices of University College Galway’s Political Discussion Society.