Letterkenny Music and Drama Group present ‘Beneath an Irish Sky’ by Kieran Kelly


Act 1:
Scene 1: A Church, 1921
Scene 2: The home of the McDevitts, 1914
Scene 3: The Front, 1914

Act 2:
The home of the McDevitts, 1919

Act 3:
The home of the McDevitts, 1924


Inspired by archive reports and eyewitness testimonies, ‘Beneath An Irish Sky’ is a new play by Kieran Kelly that looks at the events of the ‘decade of change’ from a Donegal perspective. Set in the town of Letterkenny between the years 1914-1924, it tells the fictionalised account of one man’s journey through those turbulent times, questioning what made him pick up a gun to fight for his country. The play depicts how the central character of Brendan McDevitt was affected by the seismic events unfolding around him – from World War 1, through the War of Independence and up to the Civil War – and shows how these events convinced him to move from the peaceful Nationalism of the Ancient Order of Hibernians into the more militant Republicanism of Sinn Féin. This life altering decision will have far reaching implications for both himself and his family.


Fr. Crawford, local priest Michael Leddy
Brendan McDevitt Eoin Callaghan
Cassie McDevitt, his mother Elaine Gillespie
Michael McDevitt, his brother Loic Cech
Mary Doherty, a neighbour Laura Doherty
Barney McDevitt, his father Kieran Kelly
Dr. McBride, local doctor Martin Hasson


Producer/Director Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh
Stage Manager/Props Fiona McDaid
Lighting/Sound Niall Cranney
Set Design Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh
Stage Crew Anne Flannery, Aoife Flanagan, Tanya McLaughlin, Diarmuid Ó Gallchóír
Set Builders Tommy Kerr, James Kenny
Set Painting John Harkin

About The Group

The LMDG  was formed in  Letterkenny in 1991 and has produced 24 three act plays and 24 musicals/ concerts since then. They also staged musicals in Festivals in Derry and Bangor and were runners –up in the AIMS All Ireland finals in 2007 with newly composed musical ‘Children of the Dead End’. The Group took part in the Drama Festival Circuit from 1995 until 2000 and again from 2011. They enjoyed great success in 2012 winning The All Ireland Confined Finals and Ulster Finals with ‘The 39 Steps’. They also reached the All Ireland Confined Finals in 1999 and 2000. They qualified for The All Ireland Finals in Athlone in 2015 with ‘The 39 Steps’.