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Mattie Lennon Irish Author/Poet- THE QUIET MAN


By Mattie Lennon

But dreams don’t last —
Though dreams are not forgotten —
And soon I’m back to stern reality.
But though they pave the footways here with gold dust,
I still would choose the Isle of Inisfree.

When Maurice Walshe came up with The Quiet Man as a title for one of his stories he could have been using an appropriate sobriquet for the man who was to become famous through the John Fords film of Walsh’s story. If you have ever visited a shop in Galway or watched TV on a Christmas day you are no doubt familiar with the movie.

But Dick Farrelly, the quiet unassuming man, wrote more than two hundred other songs. He was born on (17 February 1916 His parents were publicans and when Dick was twenty-three he left Kells, County Meath for Dublin to join an Garda Siochana on Wednesday 04th April 1942. He served in various Garda stations, Clontarf, Pearse Street, Bridewell, Sundrive Road and Donnybrook, throughout his thirty-eight year career, ending up in the Carriage Office in Dublin Castle. He was a private, modest and shy man who wrote over two hundred songs and poems during his lifetime. He married Anne Lowry from Headford, Co.Galway in 1955 and the couple had five children. His two sons Dick and Gerard are professional musicians.

On a bus journey from his native Kells, Dick Farrelly got the inspiration for his now timeless composition the “Isle of Innisfree” and by the time he reached Dublin he had written the words and music. Farrelly’s poignant words express the longing of an Irish emigrant for his native land. It was first sung by Joe Cummisky, a Guard and fellow Kells man in the Vincent de Paul Hall, in Kells on Saint Patrick’s Day, It was recorded by Bing Crosby for whom it became a huge international hit. It has since been recorded by a great many artists worldwide but above all, it endures in the hearts of many to this day as one of the great songs of Ireland.

Professor Des MacHale who writes extensively on Dick Farrelly in his book, “Picture The Quiet Man”, goes on to say – “Film director John Ford heard it and loved it so much that he decided to use it as the principle musical theme of The Quiet Man… The melody is featured at least eleven times throughout the film, including its use during the opening sequence. “Sadly the composer of The Isle of Innisfree, Richard Farrelly received no mention in the screen credits”. (Victor Young was credited with the full musical score.) In more recent times “Isle of Innisfree” is also used in the film E.T. (1982) where a scene from The Quiet Man is shown, and again the melody can be heard in the soundtracks of the films, Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005).

A few years earlier in 1948, Anne Shelton recorded Dick Farrelly’s first success, “If You Ever Fall in Love Again”, becoming a hit for her in the UK. Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra, and instrumental pop group, The Three Suns, recorded the song in the USA. Other Dick Farrelly songs include, “Cottage by the Lee”, which was popularised by Joe Lynch (singer & actor), and “The Rose of Slievenamon”, recorded by Joseph Locke.

In later years he wrote “The Gypsy Maiden” recorded by Diarmuid O’Leary & The Bards, The Irish Descendants and Sinead Stone & Gerard Farrelly.

“Annaghdown” was recorded by Larry Cunningham reaching No 6 in the Irish charts, Sonny Knowles and Sinead Stone & Gerard Farrelly and “Man of the Road” was recorded by The Café Orchestra featuring singer Sinead Stone and a Scottish release by singer Julie Keen.

“We Dreamed our Dreams”, was written by Dick in 1988. It was first recorded by The Fureys & Davy Arthur in that same year. There are also recordings by Sean Keane, Cathy Ryan, The BBC Radio Orchestra featuring Finbar Furey on an album of the same title. There is also a highly acclaimed interpretation of this song by Sinéad Stone and Dick’s son, musician Gerard Farrelly on their album “Legacy of a Quiet Man”. The album is a collection of songs written by Dick Farrelly and was the subject of an RTE television documentary ‘Nationwide’. In July 2011 “We Dreamed our Dreams” was covered by Maura O’Connell/Cherish The Ladies in the US.

Dick Farrelly was involved in the Castlebar International Song Contest on several occasions coming runner-up in 1968 with “The Gypsy Maiden”, winning the Pop section in 1972 with “That’s What Love is Made Of” sung by Mary Lou and in 1976 his song “Who’s Gonna be the Preacher” reached the finals and was placed 3rd overall.
He also penned songs in the Irish language two of which are “Siobhan” and “Seolta Bána” (meaning, White Sails); both songs are recorded for the first time on the album, Legacy of a Quiet Man.

“The Isle of Innisfree” has been recorded by innumerable artists some of which include: Celtic Woman, Tommy Fleming, Sean Tyrell, Bing Crosby, Sinead Stone & Gerard Farrelly, The Cafe Orchestra, Phil Coulter, Anne Shelton, Vera Lynn, Dublin Screen Orchestra – (“The Quiet Man” soundtrack album), Connie Francis, Joe Loss & His Orchestra, Eamonn Cambell, James McNally, Finbar Furey, Paddy Reilly, Frank Patterson, Norrie Paramor & His Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Paddy Cole, Diarmuid O’Leary, Joseph Locke, Charlie Landsborough, Val Doonican, Daniel O’Donnell, Geraldo & His Orchestra, James Galway, John McNally, Jimmy Young, Victor Young & His Singing Strings, The Irish Tenors, Glen Curtin, Dublin City Ramblers, Sean Dunphy, Jimmy Griffin, Tony Kenny and Alec Finn to name but a few.

Many commentators have told stories of Dick over the years. But one of the people closest to him, his son Gerard, told me, “ My father was very unassuming and quite a shy man. Very much a family man, he loved nature and loved animals. I started playing drums when I was a teenager and Dad was great. He used to drive me around with the kit to band rehearsals etc. He was very laid back about certain things, for example, I remember one time, watching something on television about the great Nat King Cole and out of the blue he said in his own soft way, “I met him once, he was a really lovely man”… It surprised me that I was only hearing about it then and of course I wanted to know more, he was like that”. He liked to play the piano just for his own pleasure, playing mostly songs from the great American songbook era, or if he was working on a new song. But, he didn’t play very often. He would sometimes finish a song, words and music without ever going near the piano at all, which amazed me. You would often see him watching the television and taking a pen and a piece of paper out of his pocket and putting down an idea for a song, a bit of melody, a title or some words. He hated being asked to play in front of others or at an event, he wasn’t comfortable with performing. I remember he was involved in the Castlebar Song Contest on several occasions. Along with my sister Carol we helped Dad record the song demos in the house. Carol sang and I played the drums at the time and we would rehearse the song, but when it was time to record he would get a bit nervous and that would annoy him, something many a musician is familiar with! Mam was from the west and he loved it there and loved Lough Corrib and of course so much of “The Quiet Man” was filmed around there.”

Dick Farrelly died on Saturday 11 August 1990,(1990-08-11) aged 74. Even if his name didn’t appear on a poster with John Wayne, Maureen O‘Hara et all the quiet man from Kells has left a lasting legacy.

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Abringdon Theatre Company- Abingdon’s 20th Season Kick-Off Party!

Abringdon Theatre Company- Abingdon’s 20th Season Kick-Off Party!

When? Monday, August 20th, 2012

What time? 6pm – 10pm

Where? Abingdon!

Why? Because it’s our 20th Season and we want to celebrate with all the Artists that we know and love.

What happens? Eat, drink, dance, reminisce about old shows (we’ll have photos and souvenirs), kick around ideas about new projects (there’s always networking to do), and generally enjoy each other’s company!

What else? Get a SNEAK PEAK at Abingdon’s newest programming – the Pop Up Playhouse (PUP)! At 7:30pm we will be presenting two 15 minute Fairytales which will be a part of Fairytale Fridays this Season.

If you can, please RSVP by August 13th. A headcount is always helpful!

Hope to see you all there!

~The ATC Gang

“Like Us” on Facebook before Labor Day and automatically be entered to WIN 2 TICKETS to any show at Abingdon this Season!

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Native Voices at the Autry- Annual Call for Scripts & 2013 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays & 2nd Annual Short Play Festival

Native Voices at the Autry- Annual Call for Scripts & 2013 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays & 2nd Annual Short Play Festival

Native Voices at the Autry is the nation’s premier Equity theatre company dedicated to the development and
production of new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations artists. We accept
full-length play submissions year-round, but to be considered for the specific events listed below all submissions
must be received by the specified due date.

For Full-Length Plays (60+ pages)

Submissions due September 14, 2012

2013 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

The retreat/festival brings artists together from across the globe to continue work on a select number of plays
through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for a week in June, with public presentations at the
Autry National Center. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an
honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by September 14, 2012, will be read and evaluated for
each event. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their
developmental goals should their play be chosen. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally
recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the
Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2013.
2013 First Look Series

Selected plays receive a ten-hour workshop and public presentation at the Autry National Center. Selected
playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive
roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by September 14, 2012, will be read and evaluated.
Select scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With
their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for workshops and readings. Playwrights will be notified in May

A Note About the Native Voices Developmental Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays or the First Look Series,
selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg.
Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives onsite. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to
shape his/her own developmental path.
For Short Plays (5–16 pages)
Submission due date EXTENDED to July 31, 2012

2nd Annual Short Play Festival

Selected short plays and one-acts will be presented during the Autry National Center’s American Indian
Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Indians in America: Native American Athletes Take
the Field,” for which we invite a wide range of short scripts.Plays can be about professional, student, or amateur sports or athletes, on or off the field. They can be about family members of athletes. They can be about coaches. They can be about fanatical fans! Plays do not have to be biographical or autobiographical. Use your imagination! Native Voices will be posting interesting stories on Facebook and Pinterest about Native athletes, athletics, the families of athletes, and their coaches,
fans, and other supporters. Be sure to visit our page and add your own stories as well!

Selection Process: Short plays and one-acts (5-page min, 16-page max) received by July 31, 2012, will be
read and evaluated by a national reading panel composed of Native American theatre artists and community
members who will select 6 to 10 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality,
theatricality, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading in November 2012, and a panel of judges will select the 2012
Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize based on the creative use of the theme, originality,
theatricality, execution, and audience response.

Checklist for ALL Submissions
1. Please label script attachment as follows:
PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc)
2. Use a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).
3. Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address).
4. Include a character breakdown.
5. Provide a biography 75–100 words long, including tribal affiliation. Please label attachment as follows:
Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Bio_Doe, J.doc)
6. Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory/PlayTitle_Author’s
Last Name, First Initial (DevHistory/MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc)
DO NOT send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has
undergone significant dramatic changes. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for
future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but
selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions
We now only accept electronic submissions (in PDF or Word format):
E-mail your materials to nvliteraryassociate@gmail.com.
Type “SUBMISSION – [Indicate either SHORT or FULL-LENGTH] – [Title of Play]” in the subject line.
Additional Information

Plays are evaluated on originality, theme, theatricality, and execution.

Plays workshopped at Native Voices at the Autry have gone on to productions and/or readings at such venues as New York’s
Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, VSA North Fourth Art Center, Workshop West in Canada, Pennsylvania Center Stage,
Trinity Repertory Company, and Montana Rep. They have also been featured at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices
Theatre for Young Audiences in Washington, D.C.; the Two Worlds Native American Theater and Film Festival in New Mexico;
the City University of New York Indigenous World Theatre Reading Series; Idyllwild Native Arts Week; the Originals Festival in
Brisbane, Australia; the ASSITEJ 16th World Congress and Performing Arts Festival; and the Origins Festival in London.

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The Rogue Theatre- Puppets Amongus presents EL SUENO DE FRIDA & Mary Zimmerman’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST

The Rogue Theatre- Puppets Amongus presents El Sueño de Frida & Mary Zimmerman’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST


Matt Cotten has created some magical beings for The Rogue Theatre productions, including the bear in The Winter’s Tale, the cobra in Naga Mandala and the gods in The Good Woman of Setzuan (among others). Now, his company, Puppets Amongus, is planning an amazing journey and we are proud to host a benefit performance in our theatre for them. Please join us and send these wonderful artists on their trip around the world!

Puppets Amongus presents EL SUENO DE FRIDA

with musical guests, The Awkward Moments & Silver Thread Trio

August 25th, 2012
The Rogue Theatre
300 E. University St. Tucson, Arizona

Send Puppets Amongus to Central Asia! They’ve been invited to the World Puppet Carnival in Almaty, Kazakhstan–Tucson’s sister city. Come to this exciting fundraiser; see the show they’ll be touring, and help them get there!

El Sueño de Frida delves into the colorful subconscious of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, in this tribute to the iconic painter. The tumultuous drama takes place in the artist’s studio on El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Free parking available!

To buy tickets,
contact the Tucson-Almaty Sister City Committee
(520) 628-1309 or jerrymgary@aol.com
or buy tickets at the door (cash or check only).

For other info about the show, call (520) 444-5538 or visit

Puppets Amongus T-shirts will be for sale at the event:
hand-sewn and printed here in Tucson, by Enclave Fashion.

Opening the 2012-2013 season at The Rogue JOURNEY TO THE WEST by Mary Zimmerman

A fanciful Chinese epic of the journey toward freedom. A Chinese epic from the 16th Century of the monk Tripitaka’s 17-year journey of enlightenment to India, accompanied by the immortals Monkey, Pig, and a river monster.

September 6 – 23, 2012

For more information, visit our website.
Purchase tickets online
or call (520) 551-2053.

300 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ – 520-551-2053 – http://www.TheRogueTheatre.org

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