A Family Of Memories By Thomas Kilroy


Playwright and novelist Thomas Kilroy reads from his memoir, in a radio version directed by Patrick Mason. The radio piece revisits key episodes in the Kilroy family’s history, focusing on the War of Independence, the Civil War and the foundation of the Irish Free State. It follows the journey of the author’s father (also named Thomas Kilroy), from IRA membership in the War of Independence, to a ‘High Noon moment’ when, as a newly recruited policeman of the Free State, he faced anti-Treaty units in Callan. Narrator: Thomas Kilroy ‘Mother’: Cathy Belton‘Father’ and other voices: Joe Taylor Additional Voices: Aonghus McAnally, Fergus Carey, Richard Beirne and Cathal Murray. Music: Denis ClohessySound Supervision and Sound Design: Damian Chennells Dramaturg: Jesper BergmannProducer for RTÉ: Kevin BrewSeries Producer: Kevin Reynolds === https://www.historyireland.com/volume-23/a-family-of-memories/ Thomas Kilroy is regarded as one of Ireland’s most important living writers and, along with Brian Friel, one of the key modernisers of Irish theatre. A contemporary of Frank McGuinness, Tom Murphy and Seamus Deane, Kilroy is world-renowned as both a dramatist and a novelist. A director in the seminal Field Day Theatre Company, he has been unflinching in his treatment of the darker aspects of contemporary Irish society, including homophobia in The death and resurrection of Mr Roche (1968), political violence in Double cross (1968) and, more recently, institutional child abuse in Christ deliver us! (2010). Narrated by Kilroy himself, A family of memories is a deeply personal exploration of his father’s journey from IRA Volunteer to Civic Guard sergeant, a force that many of his former comrades regarded as illegitimate. By examining his own family history, Kilroy explores the profound effect of political violence on generations of Irish families struggling to escape from the shadow of events during the War of Independence and the Civil War.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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