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Australian air-play for Moville dramatists  16.09.08

TWO emerging Inishowen writers are celebrating as an Australian radio station prepares to broadcast their drama about the Flight of the Earls.
Moville's Martin Lynch and Mary Lorraine McHugh will have their radio play ‘This Place from where the Earls Flew’ aired on Brisbane's 4EBfm later this month.
The local writers are recent recipients of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland’s ‘Sound and Vision’ award and are now looking forward to seeing how their work is received Down Under on September 20 and September 27.
"We're delighted our play will be aired in a third continent to audiences in Australia where there is a large Irish community that celebrates its Irish identity and heritage," said Mary Lorraine.
The play is a contemporary slant on the story of the Flight of the Earls, one of the central events in Irish history. It tells the parallel story of a young couple who
Mary Lorraine McHugh and Martin Lynch
are forced to leave recession-hit Donegal in 1987, much as the Gaelic Lords O’Neill and O’Donnell were forced to leave their homeland, never to return, nearly 400 years earlier.
The play aired locally a year ago on ICRfm and was also played in the US. It uses a unique mix of music, past and present, to link both stories and engage the listener on their journey through the ages.
Martin Lynch is well known as the co-author of the book ‘Inishowen Land of Eoghain’ and has taught at universities in Ireland and the US. Mary Lorraine McHugh has been involved in drama and the arts in Ireland and Britain having been resident artist at Ruskin College, Oxford University.
"We set out to explore the Irish historical and immigrant experience that from the Flight of the Earls to the present has shaped the identity of not just Ireland but also the sons and daughters of Ireland who have found themselves shaping the distant continents of America, Australia and beyond," added Martin.
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