Speech: Addressing Government Ministers on the Importance of Sport

Speech on Sport Ireland Report Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests and members of the Irish Government, my name is Paul Ryan and I am here today to talk to you about the recent Sport Ireland Report that has sent shockwaves through the country. As a Leaving Cert student, I was astounded to learn that onlyContinue reading “Speech: Addressing Government Ministers on the Importance of Sport”

Debate: We are self-obsessed Generation

Motion: We are a self obsessed generation Good evening everyone. My name is Gary Ryan and I am broadcasting live from Donegal in Ireland this evening and tonight our topic is, ‘are we a self obsessed generation?’ So wherever you are tuning in from, whether it’s New York, Mumbai or Paris, I hope you areContinue reading “Debate: We are self-obsessed Generation”

Speech on the Value of Education

Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘Investment in education pays the greatest interest.’  Good afternoon, my name is John Dowling and I am here today to talk to you about the importance of education in today’s world. As a student who has spent the last fourteen years of his life in the corridors of the Irish educationContinue reading “Speech on the Value of Education”

Episode III-S.B. plays draughts with the Canon

The Canon comes in to play his nightly draughts game with S.B. He appears to be a jolly man who laughs continuously at Madge’s jibe that he waits until the rosary is over and the kettle is on. Like the dinner with S.B., Gar is able to predict what the Canon is going to say,Continue reading “Episode III-S.B. plays draughts with the Canon”

Episode III-The Memory of Fishing with S.B.

At the beginning of the act, Gar, S.B. and Madge are saying the rosary but it clear that Gar is not paying attention as Madge has to punch him to remind him that it is his decade. Private is in full flight, fantasising about life in America, while Public continues with the prayers. While reminiscingContinue reading “Episode III-The Memory of Fishing with S.B.”

Episode II-Kate Doogan comes to Visit

After the boys leave, there is a knock on the door and it is Kate Doogan. Kate has come to say goodbye to Gar and makes it clear that she expected Gar to visit her to say goodbye. Gar says that he is going to go to night school to study law or medicine, whichContinue reading “Episode II-Kate Doogan comes to Visit”

Act 2 Othello Summary

The act begins with news of a huge storm that has destroyed the Turkish fleet and that the war is already over. One of the gentlemen tells the others that Michael Cassio has arrived in Cyprus but that Othello is still at sea as they were separated. Iago criticises women in this scene to bothContinue reading “Act 2 Othello Summary”

Episode I-The Flashback with Kate Doogan

The scene changes as the audience is brought in to Gar’s flashback with Katie Doogan, which happened months before the current events. The scene begins with Gar telling Kate that he can’t wait any longer and that he’s ‘mad’ about her. Kate, being realistic about the situation asks Gar how they could expect to liveContinue reading “Episode I-The Flashback with Kate Doogan”

Episode I–Introduction to Gar, Madge and S.B.

We first meet Gar O’Donnell as he is finishing his day’s work in the shop owned by his father, S.B. O’Donnell, who is also a local county councillor. The play is set in Donegal in a town name Ballybeg. (Baile Beag, which literally means small town) Gar is singing happily, ‘Philadelphia Here I Come,’ asContinue reading “Episode I–Introduction to Gar, Madge and S.B.”

Philadelphia Here I Come

Episode I—Introduction to Gar, Madge and S.B. Episode I—The Flashback with Katie Doogan Episode I–Dinner with S.B. and Meeting Master Boyle Episode II–The Flashback with Aunt Lizzy and Uncle Con Episode II– Saying Goodbye to ‘The Boys.’ Episode II– Kate Doogan comes to visit Episiode III–The memory of fishing with S.B. Episode III–S.B. plays draughtsContinue reading “Philadelphia Here I Come”