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…

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 – First Review.

Published on Thursday 24th November 2016 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 will stop...

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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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New Leaf

Published on Wednesday 8th June 2016 by Sean Walsh

A priest from the Redempt’rist came to give us the School Retreat at the beginning of Lent… Hell for all eternity – you could hear a pin drop – then  the mercy of God that knows no limits…   (Fran Muldoon hasn’t cursed since and Hughie Crosby broke it off with Rose White…)   And I went to him for...

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Can Pope Francis restore faith in the Irish Church?

Published on Friday 21st March 2014 by Sean Walsh

 (The lay apostolate is a participation in the saving mission of the Church itself. Through their baptism and confirmation, all are commissioned to that apostolate by the Lord Himself. – Vatican II Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity.)   One year on from his election Pope Francis has already changed the image of the papacy, and modelled an entirely...

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Dear Sir…

Published on Friday 7th February 2014 by Sean Walsh

Plays are highly recommended: Irish Catholic, 6/2/’14. Dear Editor, In the issue of January 16, Peter Costello reviewed At the Praetorium: Good Friday Revisited, a trilogy of one act plays by Sean Walsh, the former head of drama on radio at RTÉ. The review remarks “it is always difficult to see how plays might be in performance, but these are...

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Veil Reviewed

Published on Saturday 1st February 2014 by Sean Walsh

1966. A single typewritten page of A 4.  A lecturer in English at Queen’s University, Belfast, penned the following:  Department of English, Queen’s University, Belfast.   1966.   VEIL by Sean Walsh   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...

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About Creative Writing…

Published on Friday 22nd November 2013 by Sean Walsh

“Write With A Fire In Your Heart…” “First and foremost write the book you want to write, not the one you – or others – think will sell. You’re going to be working on this project for a LONG time, believe me, so you’d better love it. Write with a fire in your heart and you’ll create something special, something...

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Veil as Radio.

Published on Wednesday 20th November 2013 by Sean Walsh

At the start of the 80’s the opportunity of producing  my play, VEIL,  for  RTE Radio One came my way. I seized on it with gusto!  (I was a Producer/Director in the radio Drama Department.) Adapting what was essentially a stage play for radio was quite a challenge, entailing edits and re-writes. The sound supervision team – Anton Timoney and...

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Meet the Press!

Published on Wednesday 13th November 2013 by Sean Walsh

ON THE NIGHT OF March 27, ’13, 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 Interview. (He is quite shy, really, hates beating his own drum…) So there he was, on the rostrum, mineral water to...

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Veil. A Corollary.

Published on Monday 14th October 2013 by Sean Walsh

As it happened that week there was a visiting friar from Down Under staying at Merchants’ Quay. I cannot remember his name but I do know that he was keen on Drama, had a Doctorate or Master’s degree in English Lit. At community recreation one night – after sitting through a performance of VEIL – he expressed his enthusiasm in...

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Veil. How it came about…

Published on Monday 14th October 2013 by Sean Walsh

circa 1966. I was one of the Merchants’ Quay community, Dublin 8, and editor of Assisi, the monthly magazine of the Irish Franciscans. Another member of the community, Fr. Hugh Daly, was in charge of the FMU – the Franciscan Missionary Union with responsibility for St Anthony’s Hall, adjacent to the church. For much of the year it was a...

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The Reckoning

Published on Thursday 10th October 2013 by Sean Walsh

(Work in Progress) My script. Herewith relevant scenes, snatches of dialogue, monologue… Insights… ***** Storyline: a young priest, member of a religious community, goes AWL… *****  In the cloister, behind closed doors, drawn curtains, priests and brothers meet to discuss, confer, conjecture, reckon… Shock absorbers. *****  A corridor. Community chanting in background… Mark, the Prior, and Brother Declan, the sacristan…...

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Veil

Published on Friday 4th October 2013 by Sean Walsh

A Drama in two acts set against the backdrop of the first Good Friday. Herewith a sample scene. Taste, savour… AZARIAS: He is not innocent. VERONICA: Then what is he guilty of? Doing good? Teaching love, justice, truth? Speaking words that never before came from the lips of man? Is he guilty of some transgression because he gave her dead...

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Genuine Emails: A Selection

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

Dear Sean, Hello again (even though you nearly didn’t recognise me last night – understandably – it’s been a long time…) Thanks to you ( and all involved) for transporting us all to the Roman Praetorium last night. It was a fascinating, thought provoking, experience! Just what I needed on Spy Wednesday. I guess we all have our favourites –...

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Penny For Your Travels

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

PENNY FOR YOUR TRAVELS.  (Reviews.) Memories which evoked my own childhood and probably that of most men, be they from Louth or Lesotho. The author makes very good use of setting. Father, son and dog out for a winter walk “the countryside still frosted, crunching underfoot”. Constant chatter from the son tells us a lot about the father-son relationship. He...

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Irish Times Reviews Far Side of the Moon

Published on Friday 10th May 2013 by Sean Walsh

Irish Times.  11/03/1986 The late Howard Kinlay looks back to an unusual play heard recently on RTE One: Emma (in “Far Side of the Moon”) has been married 20 years. Her husband stays out late most nights, drinking with the boys or chasing a bird, she presumes. And she sits at home, “me and the four walls,” smoking too much,...

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At The Praetorium

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

AT THE PRAETORIUM A play in one act by Sean Walsh The Praetorium?.. The Roman fortress in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. Centre and symbol of Roman colonisation. As such, hated and despised by the local inhabitants. In the dungeons beneath three prisoners lie in chains, awaiting execution – among them, Barabbas… while above, in morning sunlight, at the Seat of...

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Pilate Under Pressure

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

The events of the first Good Friday from a Roman perspective. Not an angel or a saint in sight!.. A dramatisation of the facts as recorded in the Passion Narrative of Matthew. Enacted at the Praetorium, the fortress in Jerusalem that was the centre and symbol of Roman occupation. How will the Governor of Judaea react when a prisoner is...

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The Dreamers

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Set in a grotty bedsitter in the London of the late 60’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: we come to realise that their foremost dream – of making it, returning solvent...

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Turn of the Tide

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Evening. Dublin suburb. Emma alone in a semi-detached… Ever alone. Her marriage on a knife edge. Thin, thin ice. Trapped. No way out. Until the day she meets by chance the woman who is to offer her a new lease of life, restore her self confidence, open doors for her she did not even know existed. Lisa, the stranger who...

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Playback

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Evening. He gets home, checks his voice mail as is his wont… listens, bemused, to various recorded messages… tenses, frowns as he hears a far-away voice from a distant past: his estranged wife speaking to, pleading with, her daughter, Jenny, now well into her teens… And so begins a chain reaction…

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Dead Man Talking

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Ireland in the early 80’s. No civil divorce. No exit. Cul-de-sac. No way out of a broken marriage… Shock. Aftershock. Wave after wave… As he comes to realise that his wife has gone, gone for good, he begins to talk – to himself, to his nine-years-old daughter, to a “local in his local,” to a parish sage, to a solicitor/lawyer,...

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Jenny I Hardly Knew You

Published on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Dad in Dublin takes a call from daughter in London triggering in him a chain reaction: he recalls her childhood, adolescence, young womanhood… their relationship over the years. A love story, then, of a different kind. Dad Jenny. Any Dad, any daughter. Any where, any time… “But for all our rows and fallings-out, I love you, Dad. No matter what....

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At the Praetorium Press Conference

Published on Friday 5th April 2013 by seanwalsh

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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Three for Calvary

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Jerusalem. Beneath the Roman Praetorium, in the dungeons, three men lie in chains, awaiting execution: Dismas, a thief, perhaps the greatest thief in all history – who stole Paradise even as he suffered the death penalty. Gestas, a man who may die as he has lived. And Jesus bar Abbas, held for murder and sedition, of whom so little is...

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Asunder

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Scenes from an Irish boyhood. Not so much Voyage round my Father as Travels with my Dad… A man looks back at his formative years, early adolescence… Snatches from the past… fragments from a world long forgotten… A kind of mosaic rather than a formal memoir… Centred around not one but two moments of poignant sundering…

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Centre Circle

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Emma has begun treatment for her alcohol addiction at a Substance Abuse clinic – much to her husband’s relief. When it is put to him that he should visit, participate in one of the sessions, he hesitates, then agrees rather reluctantly… What lay ahead on the morrow – for her, for him?..

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Review of Notes on the Past Imperfect

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by Sean Walsh

Dear Sean, I have been reading “Notes on the Past Imperfect.” Heart-wrenching to read, assuredly difficult to write, but you fashioned an extraordinary story from that 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. Well done!...

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Irish Independent Review of At the Praetorium

Published on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 by Sean Walsh

The following review appeared in the Irish Independent on 30 march 2013. Good Friday is, for believers in the Christ-story, the most dramatic day in world history. Two thousands years on it is still written about, remembered, re-enacted. We know the story so well — or do we? In this new book of three short plays — At the Praetorium...

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