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Pilgrimage to Avila


This Christmas week, you will have two chances to listen to A Pilgrimage to Avila, a new documentary created by our own Dr. Roderick Maguire.  It will air at 12 noon today and again on St. Stephen’s Day at the same time.

Of the programme, Roderick tells us “As a participant in the Tuam Diocesan Pilgrimage to Avila  in June 2014, it was suggested to me that I bring a portable recorder with me.  That throw away remark lead directly to making a documentary about the pilgrimage.  Now, after many months of sporadic work and with the help of Allan Tiernan, that program is ready for broadcast.”

“I think that listeners will enjoy the program, as it recreates the sounds of a part of Spain that tourists don’t often see.  The pilgrimage was from 30th June to 5th July and visited sites associated with St Teresa of Avila, including Madrid, Avila, Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Segovia and Toledo. In addition we visited The Valley of the Fallen, where Franco is buried, and the Bernabeu stadium – the home of Real Madrid.”

“I hope you enjoy listening to the program as much as I did making it.”

Update: the programme is now available on our mixcloud site.

‘This Night’: a modern Christmas…

snowy-christmasIt’s Christmas Eve and Alicia can’t find her 6 year old son in the crowds in Limerick City Centre. Meanwhile, Colm is in love with his workmate Lisa but doesn’t have the courage to do anything about it. Eileen lives in a tiny bedsit and can’t face another Christmas alone, Gerry the wino has been kicked out of yet another pub and Billy, the 6 year old, is about to step in front of a speeding van hurtling down O’Connell Street…

Octopus Soup Theatre Company presents This Night, a play for radio by Liam McCarthy, which will air on CCR on Sunday next (Dec. 21st) at 5 p.m. and on Christmas Eve at 11 a.m.

Liam McCarthy is a playwright and actor originally from Limerick. He started writing for the theatre as a drama student in Trinity College, Dublin. His play A Talent for Lying was first performed in March of this year and his new play Alya will be presented at the Collaborations Festival, Dublin in 2015.

Octopus Soup Theatre Company is an independent theatre company made up of a collective of writers and directors with a particular emphasis on new writing. This Night features Melissa Nolan, Jenny Murray, Graham Tugwell, Sharon Sutton, Paul McCarthy, Sinead O’ Brien, Dave Rudden, Liam McCarthy, Therese Prendiville, Aron Hergarty and Stephen Gorman.