About Paul B McNulty

Paul B McNulty writes historical fiction based on real events in 18th century Ireland. His credentials include editorship of a student magazine "The Anvil" followed by publication of scientific and popular papers during a career in Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin. After retirement, he studied "The Genealogy of the Anglo-Norman Lynches who Settled in Galway" which unearthed a treasure-trove of stories leading to the publication of his first novel "Spellbound by Sibella" by Club Lighthouse CLP, Canada in 2013. Club Lighthouse also published his second novel "The Abduction of Anne O’Donel" in 2014 and his third novel "A Story of the Bodkin Murders" in 2015. In collaboration with CreateSpace, Paul published his genealogical research in 2013 and a novella, "A Rebel Romance" in 2014. He has also uploaded wikipedia entries for some of his characters, namely Sibella Cottle, Sir_Henry_Lynch-Blosse,_7th_Baronet and Timothy Brecknock. His literary experience inspired him to write plays based on extracts from his writings. UCD Dramatic Society included a reading of his play "Spellbound by Sibella" in their Theatre Festival in November 2014. In October 2015, it received favourable reviews from the Theatre Development Centre, Cork. In response to a call from the UCD Dramsoc Mini Plays Festival, Paul submitted a five-minute play "Elopement" which was staged on 14-16 October 2015. He has also written a second play based on an extract from his novel "The Abduction of Anne O’Donel." His third play "1798: A Rebel Romance" was staged as part of the Semester 3 programme of UCD Dramsoc on 18-22 April 2016. He has completed a first draft of his fourth play "The Bodkin Murders" in the format of a court-room drama.

1798: A Rebel Romance by Paul B McNulty

18-22 April 2016 at 7 pm, UCD Dramsoc Theatre,

Student Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4.

When Cecilia Lynch falls in love with John Moore, a United Irishman, she finds herself drawn into the web of revolution. The illegitimate daughter of the late Sir Harry Lynch-Blosse stands by her fiancé when General Humbert routs the redcoats through Castlebar. Cecilia is jubilant when the Frenchman appoints Moore, formerly of Alicante and the Sorbonne, as President of Connaught within the declared Irish Republic. Their hopes for the future are unrestrained: but will powerful forces conspire to destroy their dream?

Characters: Actors

Cecilia Lynch: Sarah McKenna Dunne.

Sheriff Browne: Daithi Harvey.

John Moore: Seán Moriarty.

General Humbert: Liam Galgey.

Alexander McDonnell: Laurence Childs.

 

Crew:

Writer and Director: Paul McNulty.

Assistant Director: Neele Heite-Meißner.

Stage Manager: James Hearn.

Set Designer/Production Manager: Megan Lynch and Saoirse Stack.

Costume/Make-up Designer & Managers: Saibh McCaffrey and Melissa O’Driscoll.

Lighting Designer and Technical Manager: Aoife Taylor.

Sound Design: Ciaran Gallagher and Camille Lombard.

Technical Manager: Aoife Taylor.

Visual Design Artists: Saoirse Hetherington and Rosa Torr.

 

Acknowledgements

The author gratefully acknowledges the support of the UCD Dramatic Society who selected my play for staging as well as providing the actors, crew and facilities that brought the show to a successful conclusion. My sincere thanks to all those Dramsoc members who contributed to the show and to the audiences who have honoured me by their presence.

The author also gratefully acknowledges his colleagues in The Corner Table writer’s group who have critiqued each individual scene of my play as I wrote them, thus enhancing the quality of my manuscript. I also acknowledge Steve Dunford of Killala, Co Mayo who generously loaned period costumes, without charge, for use by the four male actors in my show. The continued support of my extended family for my literary endeavours is greatly appreciated.

 

Postscript

The re-interment of John Moore’s remains from Waterford to Castlebar on Sunday, 13th August, 1961 was attended by President Éamon de Valera, Taoiseach Sean Lemass and the ambassadors of France and Spain. Also present were Moore’s great-grandnephews, Maurice Moore of Santa Barbara, California and Peter Moore of Paris. The inscription over Moore’s grave recognizes a reputed ancestral link to Sir Thomas More.

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Races of Castlebar

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General Humbert (above) ; (and below) Éirinn go Brách (Ireland Forever).

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