HOLY SHOW! Ray and Eoin O’Sullivan and Ann Eager launching the play ‘A Papal Blessing’ a two-act play from Killarney playwright Ray O’Sullivan.  


A brand new two-act play from a Killarney playwright guarantees to create a holy show with its hilarious antics and deeply-poignant story.

Following on from his hugely-successful sell-out play, ‘The Rise and

Rise of the Healy-Raes’, Ray O’Sullivan has now turned to divine

inspiration for his latest work.


‘A Papal Blessing’ tells the story of friends Martin and Seanie who were among the 300,000 people who attended the Youth Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979.


Both young men were at that Mass to witness the Pontiff utter the

famous words, ‘Young people of Ireland, I love you’. But their reasons

for travelling to Galway that autumn day couldn’t be more different.


The consequences are that 40 years on, the Papal visit still casts a

long, painful but fascinating shadow over the lives of those affected.


With some hilarious exchanges and comedy-gold moments, the play also

goes further to delve into issues of identity, love and the relentless

yearning to belong in an ever-changing rural Ireland.


Directed by Pádraig Dennehy, this brand-new, original two-act play

stars Ray O’Sullivan (as Martin), Eoin O’Sullivan (as Seanie) and Ann

Eager (as Mammy).


Killarney dates include December 7 in Beaufort Community Centre at 8.30pm and on January 11 in the INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney at 8pm. It will also take place in the CYMS Killorglin on November 23, at 8pm.


“I’m very proud and excited to stage my second play, following on from

the success of ‘The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes’,” Ray said.


“I love to give people a good night out with lots of laughter, but in

doing that, I also like to explore themes that still urge us to ask

questions of ourselves, and even still tend to make us uncomfortable

at times.”


He added that they learned from their last play that Kerry people do love drama and


“They expect high standards and I’m hopeful that ‘A Papal

Blessing’ will once again reach those high standards every audience



For further information and to book tickets please contact Ray O’Sullivan on 087 2279657.