A soldier’s tale

All For The Dead Man's Penny
All For The Dead Man's Penny

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, will host a heritage performance of ‘All For The Dead Man’s Penny’, by Liz Weir, and Ciaran Mulholland on Thursday, February 19, at 8pm.

It tells the story of one young Donegal man who after fighting in the First World War, returned to a land totally transformed.

The theme for this storytelling/musical event focuses on a fictitious young soldier, a literary representative of the experiences of many young Irish men who committed themselves to fighting for a cause greater than them. Over 200,000 Irish volunteers joined up to fight in the First World War; a colossal 49,000 lost their lives in doing so. Their service came at a time when Irish nationalism was growing and the Easter Rising of 1916 saw a change in mood within the country. The survivors returned to a land which had been totally transformed socially and politically.

Liz Weir is a highly acclaimed storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland. She is the author of numerous children’s books, including ‘When Dad Was Away’ and has written scripts for television animations. Her accomplishments include being the first winner of the International Storybridge Award and three nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Ciaran Mulholland is an accomplished fiddle player, having performed throughout the UK and Ireland with other notable artists such as Jim Maguire and Gordon Johnston at the Pan Celtic Folk Club and with Sean Maguire at a celebration concert. His playing style is highly rooted in traditional Irish and Scottish music.

Admission to the talk is free however places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place or for further information, contact the Limavady Tourist Information Centre on 028 7776 0650 or visit www.roevalleyarts.com.