Mayo ladies football team stage novel fundraiser

Mayo ladies football team are promoting a new play with a Gaelic games theme in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 6 and 7, and tickets are now being sold by the team.

The Pull is the first play from Half Solid Productions, a company established by Mayo writers and actors Liam Horan and John Corless. This duo can be heard every Sunday on RTE Sunday Sport with their popular Con Concannon – emerging manager slot.

Horan is a former Gaelic games correspondent of the Irish Independent, and creator of the popular Championship Man series on RTE Radio One. Corless is a well-known poet who has performed a number of readings in this region.

The Pull is a lively comedy based on an “unreal real event that may or not have taken place in rural Ireland,” according to Horan. It is set in the fictional town of Ballybore, where, bizarrely, the local GAA club claims to pre-date the foundation of the GAA by some 130 years.

“It’s about a GAA club that runs into some financial trouble, but it’s not nearly as big a deal as they think. Basically, Ballybore GAA club are only €1,000 in debt but it feels like €1m to the main people involved in the club. They set about trying to solve the problem and decide to pull a truck around their home town to raise money and get themselves in the Guinness Book of Records. Chaos ensues and they end up getting in way over their heads,” explained Horan.

In the midst of the panic and the cack-handed attempts at fundraising, there are a number of other sub-plots for the audience to enjoy. The Pull is suitable for all ages. Horan and Corless are looking forward to bringing the play to Claremorris on August 6 and 7. The show starts at 8.30pm and admission is €10. Mayo ladies football panellists are selling tickets for the show which, paradoxically, doubles as a fundraiser for the team. For further details, contact Mayo ladies footballer Fiona McHale on 087 7914 251, [email protected].

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