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Tarry Flynn by Patrick Kavanagh
A radio-adaptation of the novel by P.J. O'Connor
From Raleigh bikes to ring-roads and from hedgerows to hard shoulders, the sheer speed of Irish modernity can make the recent past remoter than ancient history.
Donal McCann plays Tarry Flynn in a famous adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh's autobiographical novel, which was also the inaugural production at the new Abbey Theatre when it re-opened in 1965.
Rural tranquillity is an urban legend, as the poet well knew. So the self-styled 'fucker from Mucker' in the county Monaghan returns a modern audience to the years before yesterday, to the stricken, flickering villages, where mud and drudgery mingle with the body's stirrings and the olive-green humming of the world.
Donal McCann ... Tarry Flynn
Pegg Monahan ... Mrs. Flynn, his mother
Colette Proctor ... his sister Mary
Kate Minogue ... his sister Bridie
Celia Salkeld ... his sister Aggie
Marcella O'Riordan ... Mary Riley
Eusebius O'Cassidy ... Breandán Ó Dúill
Seamus Forde ... Fr. Markey, PP
Peter Dix ... Petey Mehigan
Brendan Cauldwell ... Joe Finnegan
Deirdre O'Meara ... Maggie Finnegan
Jonathan Ryan ... Larry Finnegan
Brian O'Higgins ... Charlie Finnegan
Daphne Carroll ... Mrs. Callan
Mary Brady ... Cathryn Brennan
Daniel Reardon ... the Narrator
Producer: Tim Danaher (1979)