Sean Walsh

I live in Dublin, Ireland. Sometimes. Most times I live in my head, quite unaware of my surroundings – if you know what I mean… If you succeed in tracking Sean Walsh, please let me know, ok? I've been searching for him for years…

Conclave – Mark 2.

Published on Sunday 19th November 2017 by Sean Walsh

CONCLAVE, the new, shorter, tighter, faster-moving version is now available on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk etc. And all the better for my editing during the past several weeks – even if I say so myself! Set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday, the storyline is uncannily familiar – and relevant: the High Priest, Caiaphas, and his Inner Circle meet behind closed doors to...

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Catch Up

Published on Thursday 2nd November 2017 by Sean Walsh

Years ago when I worked in RTE as a Drama producer, a young and very shy Corkonian, Kieran Slyne, had just begun to work as a Sound Effects man in Studio 9. (Drama suite.)  I sensed his insecurity… softly, softly… we got on well…   Some time later he transferred to TV and we lost contact, went our different ways....

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Judas Relents

Published on Tuesday 31st October 2017 by Sean Walsh

At the start of the year, Pope Francis on clericalism. Celebrating Mass in Santa Marta… He cited the return of the sorrowful Judas to the Sanhedrin – and the coldness with which they received him… No good shepherds, they… Their attitude the very antithesis of the Lord’s ever forgiving… Their preoccupation with minutiae, the precepts of the law, in sharp...

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Intro to Notes…

Published on Thursday 26th October 2017 by Sean Walsh

Ireland of the late 70’s, early 80’s, recalled…   A man looks back, re-lives his boyhood years – not so much A Voyage Round my Father as Travels with my Dad… memories elicited by a psychiatrist to whom he submits as part of an attempt to extricate himself from the debris of a sundered marriage…   And in the frame,...

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Travels with My Dad.

Published on Wednesday 25th October 2017 by Sean Walsh

Me warm and secure and proud as Punch, beside him in the Standard, chugging along at forty, knowing he’d get us there and home again, safely… Out by Ravensdale and Riverstown to Carlingford of the Norman castles. Lemonade and biscuits in O’Hare’s pub, me on a high stool… The Railway hotel in Greenore; herrings and mash in O’Meath…   And...

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Notes on the Past Imperfect/How it came to pass…

Published on Tuesday 24th October 2017 by Sean Walsh

I worked in RTE’s Drama Department for some 16 years in the ’70’s,’80’s – directing, producing, scripting, editing. During that period I wrote and produced some of my own plays – well received and reviewed for the most part, they were subsequently broadcast by the BBC and, in translation, on European networks. Later… some years into my (early) retirement… it...

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Jenny Legging it…

Published on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 by Sean Walsh

When she took off I gave her a month, ‘month at the outside… She’ll be back, nothing surer. Head hanging, glad to be home, safe shelter. Oh yeah, London’ll cure her cough…    Oh, Jenny, Jenny!.. What are you at, a tall a tall, daughter mine?.. I didn’t give you a hope – how could I?..  Sure I knew the...

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Cover Front…

Published on Sunday 9th July 2017 by Sean Walsh

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My Wee Gems on YouTube…

Published on Friday 7th July 2017 by Sean Walsh

All 4: The MacMaster Piece. Wee Nudge. Pen Pal. New Leaf. In case you good people might wish to bulk share… Okay?        

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Conclave by Sean Walsh.

Published on Sunday 16th April 2017 by Sean Walsh

  Here is a play that while set in the context of the passion of Jesus belongs to any and every age. A group of men used to power work to ensure that they remain in power and that an individual who threatens their power is eliminated. They are so committed to their own version of the truth that they...

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A Gem of a Nudge!

Published on Tuesday 21st February 2017 by Sean Walsh

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The McMaster Piece – My Very First Video…

Published on Sunday 19th February 2017 by Sean Walsh

"Many a time and oft on the Rialto..." I kept at it until I had it be heart. Though I didn't know it at the time, it was a way of trying to stretch to the far ends of the earth, keep him in mind... I could do a fair take on him as Shylock...

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Wee Nudge – Comments

Published on Friday 3rd February 2017 by Sean Walsh

Awesome… In the real sense of the word… How very nicely you have touched on Christ’s humanity, and the centre of the Gospel message. Thanks for sharing your heart. You sound as though you have experienced much loving kindness… – Dave Armishaw. (Canada.)   “I have just had the most unexpected, brief, immersive encounter with language and storytelling that I’ve...

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Pope Francis on Clericalism

Published on Sunday 27th November 2016 by Sean Walsh

http://www.lastampa.it/2016/11/24/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/if-clericalism-isnt-rich-in-terms-of-money-then-it-is-in-terms-of-pride-n4fdpDRamYSyc3cQilqLUM/pagina.html The jesuit Pope speaking to (fellow) jesuits… Love it… If I get a chance I will copy, edit, highlight… Manna!

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Unputdownable!

Published on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 by Sean Walsh

CAIAPHAS Yes?.. What is it? JUDAS I, I come to return your bribe. I - I have sinned in betraying the blood of an innocent man... CAIAPHAS What is that to us? It concerns you only. JUDAS You will take back the money you paid me. CAIAPHAS No, we will not! JUDAS But you must... CAIAPHAS To what purpose? Alleviate...

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Conclave Mark 2

Published on Sunday 20th November 2016 by Sean Walsh

CONCLAVE, my new, shorter, tighter, faster-moving version is now available: Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk etc. And all the better for my editing during the past several weeks – even if I say so myself! Set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday, the storyline is uncannily familiar – and relevant: the High Priest, Caiaphas, and his Inner Circle meet behind closed...

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Conclave Revisited

Published on Thursday 27th October 2016 by Sean Walsh

Mark One published, 2014. The third in my trilogy: the Passion from a Jewish perspective… I then moved on to other ideas, writing projects. Fast forward to Autumn, 2016. I had forgotten Conclave to the point where I was able to look at it anew, objectively… Much of it was still to my liking but I quickly decided there was...

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Within the Gates

Published on Saturday 15th October 2016 by Sean Walsh

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/6239/0/cardinal-sarah-presents-counter-vision-to-francis-as-he-launches-new-book Well worth a read. Pope Francis has his critics… The reference to silence caught my eye… Indeed… Even a pause ever so often during celebration would be a step in the right direction, no?    

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Heaney on VEIL…

Published on Friday 19th August 2016 by Sean Walsh

Department of English, Queen’s University, Belfast. 1966. “The idea of approaching the significance of the Passion obliquely, through the experiences of those who might be regarded as enemies, is good theatre; and the actual denouement is all the more dramatic for not taking place in the presence of the Saviour. In fact, the reality of the Incarnation seems to me...

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125Valium Valley

Published on Wednesday 25th May 2016 by Sean Walsh

A terrific script in search of an audience! Amazon paperback and Kindle.    

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This Tremendous Lover

Published on Wednesday 25th May 2016 by Sean Walsh

‘When Jesus ate and drank with tax collectors and prostitutes, it was not a duty. It was utter delight in their company, in their very being. When he touched the untouchable, it was not a clinical gesture, but a hug of joy. So it belongs to us as priests that we rejoice in the very existence of people, with all...

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A Black Comedy!

Published on Saturday 21st May 2016 by Sean Walsh

Into the final stretch – 125 Valium Valley re-visited, revised… A bigger typeface for one thing, better layout. I have never been really happy with the Amazon paperback, Mark One. Hopefully this new, updated version will hit the bull’s eye… Even as I worked on the script – a four-hander morphing into a six-hander – THE CIRCUS becoming 125 VALIUM...

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125 Valium Valley

Published on Wednesday 18th May 2016 by Sean Walsh

I was pressed to write a comedy so I did – albeit a black comedy!.. In two acts. Much about it in the Introduction – how it came to pass, how a four-hander morphed into a six-hander. Not for me to say it is quite hilarious, especially in the second act! Suffice to say that when I was writing, re-writing...

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The Search for Xavier

Published on Saturday 4th April 2015 by Sean Walsh

Behold! A terrible beauty is born! Last year (’14) what I thought was a stage play in the making – title – THE RECKONING – has now this year (’15) become a film/TV Drama script – title – The Search for Xavier. Not without pain, searching, editing, cutting back, re-writing… trying to hear and see – not just hear. (As in...

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Trilogy, Back Cover.

Published on Wednesday 11th March 2015 by Sean Walsh

My suggestion, working closely with Andrew Brown (Design for Writers): miniature covers of all four publications on Amazon with relevant quotes from each… Click to enlarge. Striking, don’t you think?  

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Good Friday Revisited

Published on Sunday 8th March 2015 by Sean Walsh

My trilogy of plays set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday. Now on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk et al. Only came to me gradually… The three plays, each set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday, as an entity, a paperback trilogy… Quite an undertaking. I worked at it right the way through Autumn, ’14 into Winter, ’15… finally published...

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Conclave

Published on Saturday 13th December 2014 by Sean Walsh

Out Next Week! Drama set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday. Jerusalem. At the house of the Hugh Priest. Behind closed doors. The Inner Circle – chosen members of the Sanhedrin – gather round their leader, the High Priest, Caiaphas, to plot and plan a strategy – how to protect their power base, defend their security, destroy the...

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Penny for Your Travels (2)

Published on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by Sean Walsh

PENNY FOR YOUR TRAVELS ‘Available on Amazon Kindle. Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk Also on Smashwords.com Also, the fifth chapter, Notes on the Past Imperfect. Paperback, Amazon. ‘Caused quite a stir when broadcast on RTE Radio One in the early 90’s. ‘Carried by Clive Geraghty. What a performance! I couldn’t have asked for better! Got the local accent to a T. And his...

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Long Ago Winter

Published on Wednesday 26th November 2014 by Sean Walsh

Dad?.. Can we go home now, Dad?.. I’m frozen!..  Said I… easing a cold hand into a pocket of his overcoat…  Here, boy! Here, Rusty!.. Come on, fella!.. Rusty?!.. Ah, that a boy!.. Back into town, downhill. Passing traffic. Anglias and Austins, Standards and Morris Minors… The occasional pony and trap. By the Railway station, the terraced, red-bricked houses forming...

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The Reckoning. 3

Published on Sunday 16th November 2014 by Sean Walsh

Drama in 2 acts, parts. A play for Yesterday and Today… Set in a Dublin friary more than half a century ago… “What a play! What a play!..” Why the 60’s? A modern audience will be able to look back/look into the Church as it was at that time; the strict regime of “the old days” had only just begun...

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Caiaphas Lays It on the Line…

Published on Saturday 15th November 2014 by Sean Walsh

“Oh, what kind of man do we hold in chains! What manner of Messiah is this?!.. Look you: this, this pretender consorts with whores, publicans, sinners. One of his so-called Twelve is a tax collector, in the pay of Rome. Another sells him out for thirty pieces of silver – the price of a slave. All flee from Gethsemani even...

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The Reckoning 2

Published on Friday 14th November 2014 by Sean Walsh

“DECLAN I’m sorry for calling you out of Choir, Father – MARK     What is it, Brother? DECLAN     Well, like, Father Xavier’s down for to say the seven. MARK        I know that. DECLAN It’s just that when I went to call him – well, he’s not in his room. MARK Oh? DECLAN ‘No answer...

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The Reckoning

Published on Friday 14th November 2014 by Sean Walsh

A PLAY IN TWO ACTS/PARTS: An insider piece: set in a friary in Dublin, Ireland, in the late 60’s. A play centred on friars living in community – in poverty, chastity and obedience – in the immediate aftermath of Vatican Two but before the effects of that Council have really begun to take effect… Inside the cloister, behind closed doors....

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Love is a Temporary Madness

Published on Sunday 20th July 2014 by Sean Walsh

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. A so-so movie that had its moments. One scene in particular made me sit up: the Greek doctor (John Hurt) and his daughter (Penelope Cruz). She speaks not a word, acts with her eyes, facial expressions, listening to his advice, taking in  his words of wisdom. Because she is wordless all the more reason for the viewer...

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VEIL

Published on Sunday 23rd March 2014 by Sean Walsh

A family unit in Jerusalem 2000 plus years ago… Mum, Dad, son, daughter… Into this sunny household, a dark cloud… Cold… Misach, the son, is suddenly possessed. The family now confused, disturbed, torn apart… Then a ray of hope: Veronica, the daughter, gets wind of a prophet from the North who has come to Jerusalem – a man of prayer...

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Fixtures

Published on Thursday 6th March 2014 by Sean Walsh

At the Praetorium... A play in one act set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday… written by Sean Walsh…  Will be performed by the local drama group in the parish church, Maynooth, on the evening of Palm Sunday (8 pm), April 13. Directed by Gabriel Martin. Veil... Drama stemming from the legend of Veronica… written by Sean Walsh…...

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Birth Soon –

Published on Monday 10th February 2014 by Sean Walsh

And I didn’t even know I was pregnant!.. VEIL now available on Amazon – Kindle and paperback… So?.. Gestation time… I began to mull over the trilogy of one-act plays I had previously published on Amazon: AT THE PRAETORIUM… The third play is simply a marriage between the first two – a happy and lasting union, as it happened! Then...

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Pen Pal

Published on Friday 20th December 2013 by Sean Walsh

I lived a lot in my head, as a lad. Like, I was the last in the – brothers and sisters well ahead of me. They were stretching their wings while I was still in the nest – if y’know what I mean…   I didn’t know them. Not really… And my Dad was away a lot and my mother...

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The Play’s the Thing!

Published on Wednesday 27th November 2013 by Sean Walsh

What better way of reliving the first Good Friday than by Drama? And yet I recoiled from the conventional Passion plays I had come across from time to time over the years. I wanted something else. Different. Down to earth. And new, hopefully original. A fresh look at an old story… Good Friday revisited? Indeed…  I set myself the task...

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The Dreamers

Published on Monday 4th November 2013 by Sean Walsh

A two-hander in one act by Sean Walsh. Set in a grotty bedsitter in the London of the late 60’s, early 70’s, THE DREAMERS centres on two Irish immigrant labourers, Shay and Liam: the former a maturing tree, the latter a mere sapling…  They have much in common, little in common… Both are dreamers of dreams: as the piece progresses...

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A Gathering…

Published on Sunday 3rd November 2013 by Sean Walsh

On pay night, a pub. Pint of bitter your only man – only man I could afford at the time (late 60’s). West Kensington, Wandsworth Common – wherever my local happened to be… The public bar. A cheaper pint. A dart board. Dominoes. An open fire keeping body and soul together. And Irish, dozens of Irish. Paddies from the west...

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Irish Independent Review.

Published on Thursday 31st October 2013 by Sean Walsh

At the Praetorium by Sean Walsh Amazon: paperback and Kindle. We know the Good Friday story all too well – or do we? In “At the Praetorium” Walsh views the trial and crucifixion of Christ through another prism – the eyes and feelings of the “minor” characters in the story, thieves, servants, soldiers, Pilate’s wife. In doing so, he moves...

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Veil. A press review.

Published on Sunday 27th October 2013 by Sean Walsh

Mary Lappin. Her radio column in the Irish Press, May 8, 1982: (The home station: RTE One.) I had the foresight to ensure that I wouldn’t let slip what I adjudged would be the major broadcasting event of the period: the first airing of Veil, a play written and produced by Sean Walsh. (You’ll remember that his Assault on a...

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Rich Soil, Good Seed…

Published on Monday 21st October 2013 by Sean Walsh

Beginnings… Early plays… London sojourn… And on pay night, a pub. Pint of bitter your only man – only man I could afford at the time (late 60’s). West Kensington, Wandsworth Common, wherever my local happened to be… The public bar. A cheaper pint. A dart board. Maybe dominos. And Irish, dozens of Irish. Paddies from the west and south...

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The Dreamers

Published on Saturday 19th October 2013 by Sean Walsh

Set in a grotty bedsitter in the London of the late 60’s, early 70’s, THE DREAMERS centres on two Irish immigrant labourers, Shay and Liam: the former a maturing tree, the latter a mere sapling…  They have much in common, little in common… Both are dreamers of dreams: as the piece progresses we come to realise that their foremost dream...

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Memorare

Published on Friday 27th September 2013 by Sean Walsh

  Back row, centre aisle. A tangible stillness in an almost empty Church… Elders moving slowly – genuflecting, kneeling, standing – making their way to Calvary, treading their very own, plaster statued, Via Dolorosa… re-living the Greatest Story Ever Told in reparation for their own sins and the sins of the world.   Jesus is condemned… the weeping women… Falls...

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Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

Published on Friday 13th September 2013 by Sean Walsh

ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS I’ve worked and lived in communications all my life: journalist, subeditor, editor, actor, director, producer, preacher – here in Ireland and abroad. I fell in love with Hiberno-English a long time ago – English as it is spoken and written in my country – and have been in love with it ever since. My scripts have...

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For Christ’s Sake!

Published on Thursday 12th September 2013 by Sean Walsh

Published on National Catholic Reporter Bishop diagnoses the institutional disease.  Review by Tom Roberts. Jun. 19, 2013   FOR CHRIST’S SAKE: END SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH … FOR GOOD. By Bishop Geoffrey Robinson Published by Garratt Publishing, AU$t7.95 The title might lead one reasonably to expect a kind of pamphleteering campaign against abusers and a tick list of...

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Wee Wet Blue Eyes

Published on Tuesday 3rd September 2013 by Sean Walsh

God, but she was a gorgeous child… I can just see her!.. Pig tails flying in the wind, freckles framing a ha’penny nose as she hop-hop-hop scotched with the other children, safe on a tarmacadam road, secure in a quiet cul-de-sac in snug suburbia… I eased into second gear, swung round the corner, pulled up at our semi… I was...

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Seamus Heaney: Wee Memory

Published on Saturday 31st August 2013 by Sean Walsh

1974. I started work in RTE as a Producer, Radio. One of my first assignments was a series of half-hour programmes called Personal Choice scheduled for Sunday night listening. Guests were invited to choose their personal likes in music, poetry, prose. One such was Seamus Heaney: a young man who had recently come to live in a Wicklow cottage with...

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Jenny Emigrant

Published on Tuesday 27th August 2013 by Sean Walsh

When she took off I gave her a month, ‘month at the outside… She’ll be back, nothing surer. Head hanging, glad to be home, safe shelter. Oh yeah, London’ll cure her cough…   Oh, Jenny, Jenny!.. What are you at, a tall a tall, daughter mine?.. I didn’t give you a hope – how could I?..  Sure I knew the...

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New Leaf

Published on Friday 23rd August 2013 by Sean Walsh

                                        C B S                                                Dundalk, Co Louth, Ireland.                      ...

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Wee Bit from Penny for Your Travels.

Published on Sunday 4th August 2013 by Sean Walsh

“And to tell you the truth, Dad, I know it’s a lovely piano but I’d sooner be out with the lads and I dread Missus Glass going over me scales with me and The Robin’s Return gives me the pip – there’s times I could drown him, the same robin! And anyway, Mister Van Dessel says I’m not too musical...

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In Labour… Birth Soon.

Published on Thursday 20th June 2013 by Sean Walsh

Out of rich soil many healthy shoots spring up – Ancient Celtic proverb. Well, no, actually. I’ve just made it up!  Where rubies and diamonds go to make up a priceless crown, there also will be clustered rarest gems and pearls – Ancient Oriental Proverb. Well, no, not quite. That one’s mine, too. By way of an Intro to what is...

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At the Praetorium: Intro

Published on Saturday 15th June 2013 by Sean Walsh

Good Friday revisited? Indeed… I set myself the task of telling it from the prisoners’ point of view… and as the Colonizer might have viewed it… No Jesus, no disciples, no saints or angels, no pharisees… ‘Can be performed on a conventional stage or In the Round, in modern dress or as costume drama… The parallels with today’s world would...

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I’ll Go On…

Published on Wednesday 12th June 2013 by Sean Walsh

Some years ago when my eldest daughter, Siobhan, was in her second year at Dublin’s Trinity College (Theatre Studies) she came home one evening and presented me with a framed photo/card: in the far distance, an old man, stooped and wearing a bowler hat on bowed head, struggles with baggage; while near at hand a man with protruding ears sits...

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Editor Goes Walkabout

Published on Monday 10th June 2013 by Sean Walsh

Noon. Tuesday, October 23… I clear out the contents of the drawer in the Sacristy marked ‘Newsletter’ and move back into a Church that is now a haven. The peace is almost tangible. Muted music enhances the tranquility. Fresh flowers adorn the newly-dressed altars. Candles flame and splutter. All is swept, clean, polished… A lone suppliant stands before the statue...

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Notes on the Past Imperfect: Review

Published on Tuesday 4th June 2013 by Sean Walsh

Heart wrenching to read, assuredly difficult to write, the author has fashioned an extraordinary story from his imperfect past with great courage and honesty. An amazing achievement to forge a unity from the six stories and to do it while remaining true to the monologue/dialogue format with such consistency. I found Penny for Your Travels particularly moving and beautifully told....

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The Bottom Line

Published on Friday 17th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

When you’ve written something, you haven’t – you’ve written only the first draft. THEN the work begins in earnest. Writing, re-writing… draft after draft… editing, shaping, deleting… Whenever I give a Creative Writing workshop I begin with this basic tenet, repeat it, end by repeating it a final time. I am always amazed at the numbers who look askance at...

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Masterclass

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

Sean Walsh. 570 words. Sixty years… So long ago?.. Seems like yesterday… Even now I close my eyes and re-live… re-call the noise and bustle and clamour, the sights and sounds and aromas, the stunning coloratura of Rome in the mid fifties… Rome. Ah, yes. The Eternal City. Citadel of Pius the Twelfth, Pontefex Maximus… Rome of the Latin Ritual...

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Ave Maria

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

Blessed art thou amongst… Are you there – or are you on your travels? Above – or beyond in Yugoslavia? I, I’m never too sure when I have you, to be honest. But then, you’re a female. So I don’t find it all that surprising… My mother was always there and me growing up. When I got home from school...

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The MacMaster Piece

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

Sean Walsh. 480 words.  I was into plays and all like that at school. ‘Won a medal once for Debating. And the Brothers knew it. One day Brother O’Toole walked in – I was in Fifth Year, taking it easy – and called me out. I was sure I was in for it but it wasn’t that at all. There...

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Storm Trooper

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

Ah, years ago, now. The doctor passed me on to a specialist and he said – “We’ll have you as good as new in jig time…” Oh, nothing major. Still, a general anaesthetic is a – well, it is! I checked into an inner city hospital: Gaunt, red-bricked, Victorian. Creaking all the way from Main Entrance to X Ray, Reception...

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At the Praetorium Press Conference

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

ON THE NIGHT OF March 27 at All Hollows, Dublin 9, the curtain came down on the third and last performance of At the Praetorium. (Last but hopefully not final!) Later, Sean Walsh reluctantly agreed to a Press Conference. (He is quite shy, really, hates beating his own drum…) So there he was, on the rostrum, mineral water to hand,...

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Breath of Friendship

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by seanwalsh

“But Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest – as well as one’s most foolish thoughts – come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but...

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I’ll go on…

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Some years ago when my eldest daughter, Siobhan, was in her second year at Dublin’s Trinity College (Theatre Studies) she came home one evening and presented me with a framed photo/card: in the far distance, an old man, stooped and wearing a bowler hat on bowed head, struggles with baggage; while near at hand a man with protruding ears sits...

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