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The Cattle Raid of Cooley

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Beaudoin Theater

515 Loudon Road

Loudonville, NY 12211

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The American premiere of John Dunne's Cattle Raid of Cooley will be performed on September 29 & 30 at 7:30 pm, and October 1 at 2:00 pm in the Beudoin Theater on the Siena College campus . The play is based on the Táin Bó Cúailnge tale from Ireland's epic Ulster Cycle.

The legend begins when Queen Maeve of Connaught wants the Brown Bull of Cooley to make her equal in wealth to her husband. When a peaceful attempt to obtain the bull fails, Maeve decides to to mount a cattle raid which turns into a bloody war and pits her against Ireland's legendary hero, Cu Chulainn.

This production was made possible by a grant from Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Program to the Irish American Heritage Museum.

The play is directed by Steven O'Connor and features local actors Janet Hurley (Maeve), Jon South (Ailill), Devin Waters (Ferdia), Sheila O'Shea (The Morrigan), Shae Fitzgerald (Fedelm), Richard Angehr (Daire), and Carter Holmes as Cu Chulainn.

Playwright John Dunne is the Artistic Director of the Irish Theater in London. He has run a number of theatre companies, all sharing the same ethos as Irish Theatre presents...with a current artistic policy focusing on new Irish work.
John's most notable work includes his trilogy of Irish plays (Famine, Easter and Belfast) as well as a trilogy of plays set in the Cooley mountains (Long Woman's Grave, Cattle Raid of Cooley and The Curse of Macha). In addition to his own work, John has produced and directed a number of Irish plays written by new Irish writers. John also freelances as a script editor, director and stage manager. He says that the American premiere of Cattle Raid of Cooley is "wonderful"!
Non members- $10
Museum Members - $5
Students- $2
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515 Loudon Road

Loudonville, NY 12211

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