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Mairia Cahill, Mary Lou McDonald and the legacy of the ‘Colleen Bawn’

It’s funny how things go. I’ve spent most of the week working on the portrayal of ‘Mother Ireland’ as the ‘Sean Bhean Bhocht’, the ‘Maid of Erin’ and the ‘Colleen Bawn’. It would all be very historic and even ‘begorrah’ if it wasn’t for the deadly struggle that is playing out in the national media between two very modern versions of the ‘Colleen Bawn. Sinn Féin has managed to re-invent itself in the shape of Mary Lou as a 21st century ‘Colleen Bawn. ’ The ‘Bawn’ bit is interesting. It’s usually taken to mean the fair headed lass but it can also mean ‘pure,’ as in not corrupted by worldly things. Sinn Féin’s recent electoral breakthrough was built around the construction of MacDonald and her protegées as a straight talking, honest-to-God republicans who aren’t tainted by past associations with the IRA. She claimed on national radio that she had been raped by a leading Republican in 1997 when she was 16 years of age, that Gerry Adams knew all about it and that members of the IRA had subjected her to a kangaroo court, a process that victimised her... Mairia Cahill it seems has much more in common with Ellie Hanley, the woman whose tragic story was behind the creation of the original ‘ Colleen Bawn ’. Almost 200 years ago Ellie Hanley was aged 15 when she murdered by John Scanlon and his... Two weeks later she was murdered by Sullivan on Scanlon’s instructions. He dumped her body in the Shannon but six weeks later it was washed up at Moneypoint. Scanlon was immediately suspected and he and O’Sullivan went on the run. The authorities were reluctant to go after Scanlon, one of their own, but public outrage at the crime meant that both were eventually caught and hanged for the murder of Ellie Hanley. She is buried in Killimer in the family grave of Peter O’Connel, the Gaelic scholar. In 1829 Gerald Griffin wrote a romantic melodrama built around Ellen Hanley’s murder. In 1860 Boucicault came across it and very quickly turned into a a romantic comedy called th e ‘Colleen Bawn. This is hardly surprising given that Boucicault sidestepped the real story (murder most foul) in favour of plot twists, racy comic stylings, and, of course, a happy ending according to Padraig Killeen in his review of the 2013 revival by Druid. Fictionalising history is at the core of Sinn Féin’s political tool kit. Source: Ballymaclinton

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  • Peter Hanly

    2012. ISBN: 6136395460,9786136395463. 112 pages.

    Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Peter Hanly (born 1964) is an Irish actor best known for his performances in Braveheart and as Edward, Prince of Wales, and as Garda Ambrose Egan in the BBC TV series Ballykissangel. Hanly began his acting career about the time he began playing Young Oliver in Da. Hanly's repertoire encompasses plays, television performances, as well as movies. In 2007, he played Major Sparks in My Boy Jack. Hanly continues to work as an actor in Dublin, where he lives with his wife Jennifer O'Dea and their two children.

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  • Geelong West-St Peter’s pick up quality recruits from interstate

    01/16/15 ,via Geelong Advertiser

    GEELONG West-St Peter’s has raided interstate leagues for premiership ... along with versatile western region footballer Tim Hanly. Most of the recruits are part of Viola’s wide network of contacts after decades involved in footy across many parts ...

  • Gardens paintings as social commentary

    11/22/14 ,via Otago Daily Times

    Peter Entwisle reviews The Painted Garden ... But it transmuted in the 1970s into a form of social commentary. Why is it that Pat Hanly, Gretchen Albrecht, Alan Pearson, Louise Henderson, Philippa Blair and John Papas made this subject a major theme ...

  • Football: Shamblers Veterans decide to hang up their boots

    11/19/14 ,via TheSentinel

    “We are not getting any younger, so we thought we would quit at the top,” said 50-year-old Hanly who has been with the club since ... and the much-fancies Harrogate and their star winger Peter Beagrie. The Veterans were also Potteries and District ...


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