Tale of an emigrant’s return

Radio presenters Tommy Marren and John Duggan of Mid West Radio fame star in Tommy Marren’s self-penned play ‘The Banshee of Crokey Hill’, was originally written for the Mid West Radio’s charity challenge and raised approximately €17,000 for Mayo Mental Health Association.             Now the radio duo return to the Royal Theatre after the show’s sell out debut here earlier in the year. The play is set in the west of Ireland in the early ’70’s and tells the story of the return home from Manchester of Mikey McMahon (Tommy Marren) after a spell of 13 years to visit his father Jack (John Duggan) and mother Kate (Eileen Slevin).             However, his return doesn’t turn out as planned and with the old lady of the village Molly Andy (Mary Mannion) anxious to explain to Mikey why the banshee won’t rest easy until something terrible happens the play meanders from ample comedy and music to a most unexpected conclusion. To book tickets, contact the Box Office on 0818 300000, see www.royaltheatre.ie or any of the usual outlets.