New Irish comedy for Mullingar Arts Centre

It’s the Real McCoy is a brand new three-act Irish comedy that has been packing in huge audiences around both the west of Ireland and the United States since its first staging in early January 2012. Presented at the Mullingar Arts Centre in aid of the Diabetes Day Clinic at Mullingar Hospital, this production will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter from start to finish.

Set in rural Ireland in 1964, It’s the Real McCoy tells the story of Madge Molloy, who has lived over four decades of her life wondering why her husband Tom – to whom she was only married for a mere four months – vanished without trace. At the time of Tom’s mysterious disappearance, Madge was expecting her only child, Maura, and she has lived with the pain and shame of her husband’s disappearance with a heavy heart. Madge has become bitter and resentful of men in general, but the arrival of Father Michael McCoy, a new curate in the parish, is about to throw light on the reasons why Tom had to leave in a hurry!

Written by Tommy Marren, current affairs broadcaster with Midwest Radio in County Mayo, the play has a series of plots and sub-plots and two love stories to be told, as well as Ireland’s nosiest neighbours – Nora and Cora O’Hora – adding hilarious spice to the storyline. The action thickens throughout with audience members left hanging on the edges of their seats to see what will transpire. Yes, Tom Molloy is about to return; the question is what sort of reception awaits him?

This play is a laugh a line, and having sold out 23 venues in the west of Ireland - as well as four sell-out shows in Chicago - Mullingar audiences are in for a real theatre treat.

It’s the Real McCoy will be presented at Mullingar Arts Centre this Friday and Saturday June 22 and 23 at 8pm. Proceeds from the show will be in aid of the Diabetes Day Centre, Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Tickets (€18 ) are available from the box office on (044 ) 9347777, or call into the Arts Centre, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 9.30pm; and on Saturdays, from 9am to 6pm. Tickets are also available from the Diabetes Centre at (044 ) 9394506.

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