Aaaaats Festival Preview: Communism & The Táin Bó Cúailnge

WHEN IS IT NOW: SATURDAY 30 APRIL–MONDAY 2 MAY SO IT IS
WHERE’D THAT BE: DOWN THE RAMPARTS
IT’S NOT ON TOO LATE IS IT: NO NO, DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY
ARE THE TICKETS DEAR: €400


Local arts ceann and gaeilgeoir Peadar Ó Muirheartaigh holds an existential court down the Ramparts on the relationship between the Táin Bó Cúailhnge agus the perils of Communism as seen from the standpoint of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Conducted as gaeilge through a seamless fusion of local jigs and free form Cossack Mime-Dancing, the audience is forced to confront their own feelings about cattle rustling and the rise of Communism in pre-Christian Ireland.

Ó Muirheartaigh imríonns the part of Finn MkK,oo.l giving him a delightfully modern twist by spelling his surname with a K and punctuating it with a comma as well as a full stop. He has come in for criticism as gaeilge over his controversial use of the K – an online boycott has been organised by the militant gaeilgeoir group Smug.

His co-artist is the young Tzarist Azbekhi ballerina Anja Vulovski who spent time as a Parisian street artist after the break up of the Soviet Union and is the spiritual reincarnation of one of the lesser known Romanov sisters. She hooked up with Ó Muirheartaigh on an internet forum dedicated to physical form philosophy.

Those who have seen the show call it a triumph. Wine and cheese reception after each performance.


‘They have taken back cultural ownership of the Táin and made an important statement as Gaeilge – the cultural heirs to Lady Gregory and Yeats.’ – Art Landesman, The Evening Herald.

‘Thumbs up.’ – The Drogheda Advertiser.

‘Up there with the 2010 Leinster Final in terms of drama so it is. Honest, hardworking and trustworthy, like meself.’ – Peter Fitzpatrick, TD for Dundalk.

‘They achieved that with only a €100,000 Arts grant?! Imagine what they could do if the Arts Council properly funded them.’ – Hugh Glinehan, The Irish Times.

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