Roscommon Drama Group are delighted to return to the Arts Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (18th, 19th and 20th) of this month with Tommy Murray’s play ‘A Lone Furrow’, which ran to packed houses three years ago.
The play captures the main events in the life of Aleen Cust, a woman of integrity, intelligence, and exceptional determination. She was the first woman vet in Britain and Ireland, who practised in Athleague for over twenty years (1900-1923), but because she was a woman she was not allowed to register as a Veterinary Surgeon by the (all male) members of the Royal Council on Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
William Byrne, an enlightened veterinary surgeon who had a practice in Athleague, and whose monument stands in the Square, Roscommon, defied the RCVS and appointed Aleen as his Veterinary Assistant. The local priest was equally incensed at her appointment.
The play dramatizes her long struggle for recognition as a professional vet and the obstacles placed in her path, both locally and on a broader front. It is a story of courage and persistence, needing to be told some 100 years on.
Since this is the 100th anniversary of Aleen Cust receiving her hard-fought Diploma and getting her name on the register of Veterinary Surgeons, an Aleen Cust Memorial Society has been set up, led by a small group of retired or semi-retired veterinary surgeons in Roscommon and East Galway to remember and pay tribute to this extraordinary woman who has been forgotten by history. Roscommon Drama Group is pleased to be part of this tribute.
Book early at Roscommon Arts Centre for this play as there is sure be huge demand for tickets.