The Last Torch's Blog (40)

Bréifne, The Middle Kingdom, O'Rourke and O'Reilly: Tale of an Unlikely Princess

So I wrote this musical -- The Last Torch. It took a long time approximately 7 years. I even raised a bunch of money and put it onstage. I battled to tell this story. It’s an important story to me and to the Irish. 

Though I have a…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 13, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The Last Torch - Melbourne Fringe Festival - October 2014 - ACT TWO

Hard to hear the lyrics in the next scene. So here's one I prepared earlier. "The Queen" from The Last Torch…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 27, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ceoldrama 'Last Torch' at The Fringe: Tight Budget, Haunting Story

This is the first act of the new ceoldrama "The Last Torch," which we produced as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2014. We accomplished this in six weeks, with the intention of seeing what needed to be changed, fixed, etc. It was such a difficult process that I…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 15, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Prologue - 2015 Celtic Fringe Festival - Ireland

This is the prologue to the following posts about my trip to Ireland to present my musical "The Last Torch" at the Celtic Fringe Festival, Sligo. I have been writing them backwards as things are best understood this way. It means the reader can read…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 6, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Celtic Fringe Festival 2015

Saturday was busy. I was still jet lagged, but I had no choice. Today was a big day. Everyone was walking to Streedagh Strand to pay tribute to the Spanish Sailors and later the festival marquee would rock some music. Triona arrived mid morning and we rehearsed in the hall. We decided that she would sing Eleanor’s aria and I would do the Lament. Two really sad songs, I would have to cheer everyone up with a video from the show “Feed the Queen”. Triona commented about my calmness. There was…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 28, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

'The Last Torch' - A New Musical

The Last Torch is set in 16th century Ireland, where survivors of a shipwreck from the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 22, 2015 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Fringe Finale: Mystery Breakfast Roll, Songs ... Magic

It’s now the third and final day for me at the festival.

The Sunday morning after the night before with all its festivities was tricky. I was so tired I managed to sleep through a giant party in the pub downstairs. Anytime I did stir, I listened to the band downstairs and marvelled at their harmonies and the tightness of…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 15, 2015 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Swans, Armada, and Taphophilia Grab Me in Sligo

It was Monday morning and I was having trouble packing. I woke with a brass band in my head, as Jim says.  After sitting in the shower for a while, I took a panadol, drank some water and went back to sleep. I woke an hour later and slowly started to get ready to go.

It was very, very difficult. I called mum, I felt lonely…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 14, 2015 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Harking to the Call of the O'Rourkes

(Sligo street art)

I was stranded for a second day in Grange. When I woke up, I had breakfast on my mind and enjoyed an Irish breakfast with a beautiful view. I had to be out by 11 a.m. as the painter was coming and the owner had to visit someone in hospital.

Having tried the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I was certainly shown a good time.  We started with breakfast, as the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Newgrange, Dowth Notebook: 'Who's Watching Whom?'

No trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to Newgrange, a prehistoric monument in County Meath, located about 1 km north of the River Boyne. As I drove from Belfast, there were places I wanted to stop that…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 3, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Enjoying Timeless Glories of Bunratty Castle -- and Mead

My last night in the homeland was spent at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, on the Ratty river. Caisleán Bhun Raithe meaning Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty. On the grounds of the castle is a folk park, which is just lovely. I unfortunately was wandering through at closing time so didn't get to…

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Added by The Last Torch on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Last Torch Preview - iMovie

The Last Torch Preview

Added by The Last Torch on February 28, 2015 at 5:28pm — No Comments

History Comes Ashore in Sligo

You can imagine my surprise when I saw a large piece of wood washed up on Streedagh Strand recently. (For more information on the ongoing discoveries at Streedagh Strand go to Grange Armada Development Association …

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Added by The Last Torch on February 22, 2015 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Review: 'Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary'

Book Review

"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan

Merrion Press

Copyright 2014

"Belfast Days: A 1972…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 16, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

'Roses from the Heart'

Clonmel: July 16th, 1843

"My dear Wife, I have received your kind and welcome letter of the 20th of March which is the greatest happiness I have enjoted ever…

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Added by The Last Torch on December 3, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

'Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World'

Elvis believed it written by angels. It was heard at the wake of a Princess and the funeral of an American president.

“Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World” is a documentary that takes you on a journey from a lone fiddler in Ireland playing an ancient Irish melody,…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 29, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

The Last Torch Overview

The Last Torch - Overview

Added by The Last Torch on October 25, 2014 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Exclusive Look at 'The Last Torch' for The Wild Geese

Well, we did it. It was hard, but overall I conducted myself with class and rehearsed for hours with an array of talented, crazy people. It was so challenging as a first-time producer and director but what I got was a tight show that told the story. The story has always been my…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 10, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

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