Date Released: 29 March 2016
A performance of the play Pull Down a Horseman, which features a dramatic debate between James Connolly and Padraig Pearse on when to proceed with a Rising, will take place in the Connolly Hall, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1 on Wednesday, 30th March, Thursday, 31st March and Friday, 1st April at 1.00 p.m.
SIPTU Head of Communications, Frank Connolly, said: “Pull Down a Horseman was written by Eugene McCabe for the 50thAnniversary of the Rising in 1966. It is based on a secret meeting between Connolly and Pearse which took place in January 1916. While the discussion is fictional, this short one-act play is packed with historical detail, based on the writings and known views of the two men.”
He added: “A fascinating insight into the two characters emerges. They were two very different people – intellectually well matched, but with very different political philosophies and perspectives.”
The play is directed by Conor O’Malley, Connolly is played by MJ Sullivan and Pearse by Declan Brennan. Admission to the play is €10 which includes tea and sandwiches. The duration of the play is approximately 40 minutes.