‘Hairy Jaysus’ brings Skeffington to life

Donal O'Kelly in Hairy Jaysus
Donal O’Kelly brings his ‘Hairy Jaysus’ solo play to Athy Community Arts Centre this Thursday, April 26.

Donal O’Kelly brings his ‘Hairy Jaysus’ solo play to Athy Community Arts Centre this Thursday, April 26.

The piece is about pacifist, feminist and socialist Frank Sheehy-Skeffington, shot dead in Portobello Barracks on April 26, 1916, during the Easter Rising.

O’Kelly has previously played Athy for the Shackleton School with his show Catalpa and Where A Footstep Lasts a Thousand Years with composer Michael Holohan.

‘Hairy Jaysus’ is a view of Sheehy-Skeffington seen through the eyes of a Dublin ATM beggar today. Called “Hairy Jaysus” by James Joyce, atheist Frank was also called a crank, a name that pleased him no end.

Coming up to the 1916 centenary, Sheehy-Skeffington’s spirit of resistance to accepted norms is needed more than ever, according to O’Kelly. “The man Seán O’Casey called ‘the soul of revolt against man’s inhumanity to man, the ripest ear of corn that fell in Easter Week’ is crucially relevant today”.

The show starts at 8pm Thursday 24th April.

Tickets are €12/€10 with concession and can be booked at 087 2761156.