HUMANITY DICK, a hit show of the 2016 Galway Fringe Festival about the colourful life and times of Galway MP, humanitarian, and serial duelist Richard Martin, is about to be performed in Martin's own home - Ballynahinch Castle.
Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets, written and performed by Seán Leonard, will be performed in the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on Sunday January 28 at 5.30pm.
Richard 'Humanity Dick' Martin (1754 - 1834 ) was landlord of Connemara, a celebrity duellist, an MP, founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a cuckolded husband, a bankrupt, and an exile. He was feared and jeered in equal measure, but always held his honour and the welfare of animals, no matter the cost. He lived much of his life at Ballynahinch Castle.
As Martin, Seán recounts scenes from a life of deadly duels, killing his own cousin, exile in France and Ballynahinch, his wife having affairs with Wolfe Tone, financial failure, parliamentary persistence and, famously, a donkey in a courthouse.
Tickets are available from Ballynahinch Castle Hotel for €60 including dinner after the performance. Overnight theatre evening with bed and breakfast and dinner are available from €135 per person sharing. See www.ballynahinch-castle.com