21 May 2022

New Corn Mill Theatre play based on Dr Muldoon’s murder

February the 24th, 25th and 26th and March 3rd, 4th, 5th in Carrigallen

New Corn Mill Theatre play based on Dr Muldoon’s murder

Corn Mill Theatre 'The Door On The Left'

The Corn Mill Theatre Group’s new play is inspired by the murder of Doctor Muldoon.

A scandalous incident happened in south Leitrim in the early 1920s.
The young unmarried housekeeper working in the parochial house in Aughavas became pregnant. The child was born in Holles Street Hospital in Dublin and shortly afterwards Doctor Paddy Muldoon, the local doctor, was shot dead in Mohill.

This scandal was the inspiration for writing the play ‘The Door On The Left’, according to Killian McGuinness, the author.
But McGuinness emphasises that the play is not an historically accurate account of what led to Dr. Muldoon’s murder nor do the characters in the play accurately represent the actual people who got caught up in these events.
There are six characters in the play: Mary Browne, the main character, is a nineteen-year-old girl who has just secured a job as the local curates new housekeeper. She is proud and delighted to get a job in the parochial house “as it gives me and my family a sense of importance.”

Lizzie O’Baoel, the previous housekeeper, still likes to know what’s going on and regularly calls in to chat to Mary. Lizzie is “good at keeping an eye on things.”
Charlie Riley, a simpleton, deifies Fr Johnston. “I likes doing the jobs for you Father.” He is referred to as “the priest’s little helper.”

Brona McGourty, a mother of three, expecting her fourth child, runs an organisation to help girls who get into “trouble.”
Father Edward Johnson is the local curate who has hired Mary as his housekeeper.
He has quite an influence in the local area, both as a curate and also as head of the local Sinn Fein organisation.

Finally, we have Dr Philip McGourty who is Bronagh’s husband. They returned to the area from Wales, where he was working for five years.

The play deals with the interactions of these six characters, and the consequences of those interactions, over a period of a year.

‘The Door On The Left’ runs in the Corn Mill Theatre in Carrigallen this week, February the 24th, 25th and 26th and also on March 3rd, 4th, 5th. The play starts at 8pm each night. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Booking on 087 2570263 and

The play will also tour local Drama Festivals for a chance at competing at the One Act Drama Festival.
The cast includes: Candy Fitzgibbon, Maura McGuinness, Philip McIntyre, Taragh Donohoe, Derek O’Reilly and Brian O’Reilly.

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