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Declan Kelleher of Cumann Staire is Dúchais Chora Finne invited the play 2 Days In September Play to perform at the delightful Corofin Community Hall & Field on Wednesday night January 18th. On a icey cold evening a brave audience traveled from as far away as North Galway, Kilfenora and Corofin came out to watch our wee play.
‘2 Days in September’ received a wonderful welcome by the Corofin audience showing the need to tell the stories of the War of Independence in Co Clare. The night also highlighted the power (& need) for storytelling in our community.
Thanks so much to Declan Kelleher of Cumann Staire is Dúchais Chora Finne, the cast and crew of ‘2 Days in September’, Clare Arts office, and most of all to the audience who traveled to see our wee play. What started as memory, a conversation between the Director Joan O’Hanrahan and I to the amazing evenings of sharing the story with total strangers is a treasure of the heart.
#storytelling #community #

The World Tour of Clare with the ‘2 Days In September’ Play continues next year 2023 in Corofin in North Clare.
The play will be performed at the Halla an Phobail Chora Finne , on Wednesday January 18 at 8.00 pm Restricted to 100 places .

Contact Roisin Neylon of Cumann Staire is Dúchais to reserve a place 086 0696534

The play will be performed at the Halla an Phobail Chora Finne , on Wednesday January 18 at 8.00 pm

Last Saturday evening November 26th, we performed 2 Days In September Play at the Miltown Malbay Community Centre (for a second time) to a full house of mostly strangers willing to go on a journey with our theatrical take on the Rineen ambush and the 2 pivotal days following in the War of Independence in West Clare.

Very humbled, very proud and remember Art Matters, our Stories matter, we create our own history. Thank You to the Actors, Crew and audience from Joan O’ Hanrahan the director and I. Photos on the night by Joan.

Performance of 2 Days In September Play at the Miltown Malbay Community Centre
Photo by Joan O’Joan O’ Hanrahan

The tech crew Jarlath Slattery and Director Joan O’ Hanrahan keep an eye on the Prize

Looking on Mary Buckley, Dermott Petty & Jarlath Slattery

Great news. After our performance of ‘2 Days in September’ on October 18th was a sell out and was greatly received we have been invited back to the Miltown Malbay Community Centre. Please see the information below.

Limited to 100 tickets, Dermott Petty’s play ”2 Days in September” returns to Miltown Malbay Community Centre on November 26th, at 8pm. Book your tickets now by emailing and they will be delighted to help.

The World Tour of Co Clare continues with our play ‘2 Days in September’ as it will play at the wonderful Miltown Malbay Community Centre on Saturday, October 8th at 8pm
Support you local Theatre actors, technicians and playwright.
’2 Days in September’ is a new play by Clare writer Dermott Petty who was commissioned by the Clare County Council to write the play. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic it is not possible to stage the play as it was intended, so instead we are doing a hybrid of Theatre & Film. The play ‘Two Days in September’ will be staged and Directed by Joan O’Hanrahan. The Music & soundscape will be by composer Barry Dillon, along with contributions by actors, friends and technicians of BallyCartoon Players, our theatre group based in Co Clare.  
This play received a Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2021 as part of the Clare County Council Arts office 2021 Decade ofCentenaries in association with the Community Strand of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Commemorative Programs.
#rineenambush #ballycartoon #irishtheatre #clarearts #clarehistory#writer #culture #miltownmalbay

The paly is been performed at the Miltown Malbay Community Centre on Saturday October 8th @8pm

‘The 2 Days in September’ play had its West Clare premiere on Friday August 12th at the exquisite Cultúrlann Sweeney Theatre in Kilkee. In the midst of one of the hottest summer days in living memory yet still we performed to a passionate and reflective audience.

More performances to come in late September/early October on our World Tour of Co Clare.

The Director of ‘2 Days in September’ Joan O’Hanrahan’s prepares. Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

The actors Mary Buckley & Dermott Petty prepare. Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

Tom Corry the lighting tech focus a light. Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

Shadow the Cat giving his thoughts & advice to the cast & crew of the ‘2 Days in 2 Days In September Play play.
This amazing Photo is by the Director Joan O’Hanrahan.
The next performance of ‘2 Days in September’ will be at Culturlann Sweeney Kilkee theatre in Kilkee at 8pm on Friday, August 12th.

The actors Bart Lever & Tadhg Curtin ponder Shadow the Cat’s comments. Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

World Premier at the Attic Theatre in Hotel Doolin on Thursday June 30th, at 8pm.

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World Premier at the Attic Theatre in Hotel Doolin on Thursday June 30th, at 8pm
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Decade of Centenaries Commissions

Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, the commissions aim to ensure that events are remembered at community level in a respectful, measured and non-partisan manner.

Clare Arts Office was delighted to support the artists to interpret local historical events by creating artistic work that provides a platform to encourage reflection and the consideration of issues, both past and present, which may be challenging, difficult and sometimes deeply personal.

Listen here to their stories.

The Cat who talked back’ reading segment for Culture Night Doolin 2021, as seen at the Attic Theatre in Hotel Doolin, Doolin, Co Clare on September 17th.

As part of the ‘Doolin Storytelling night’, presented by Ballycartoon players for Culture Night 2021, at Hotel Doolin on Friday September 17th at 8pm. Featuring the actor Cóilín Ó Condún, this film captures him working on a new play in progress, ‘The Cat who Talked Back’. The new work ‘The Cat who talked back’ is written by Dermott Petty, and Directed by Joan O’Hanrahan of Ballycartoon players.

As part of Clare Culture Night 2021, with help from Clare County Council and the Clare Arts office. The ‘Storytelling in Doolin’ continues the Tradition of Storytelling in Doolin. 3 different stories were told in a hybrid of Theatre readings and short films.The 3 stories are ‘The Cat Who Talked Back’ ‘Hi Ho to England’ & Unemployed Vampire Slayer; ‘ Written by Dermott Petty & Directed by Joan O’Hanrahan.

This was followed with a concert of the work of the composer Barry Dillon, performing original music from his theatrical, film and opera collaborations over the years.

Culture Night Doolin 2021

Friday September 17th

Thanks to the performers, the singers, the artists and most of all the audience that were part of Doolin Storytellers Culture nIght event on Friday September 17th at Hotel Doolin.An most enjoyable evening filled with laughter, wonder arts, theatre, film and most of all (after 18months) an audience.

Thanks to the performers Claire Varden, Mary Buckley, Sinéad Heavey, Rúairí Murdiff & Cóilín Ó Condún.

Thanks to Hotel Doolin Ireland, Sinead Finn, Donal Minihane & Co, and the Boghill Centre

Thanks to Clare Culture-Night, Clare Arts and To the artists Joan O’ Hanrahan, Barry Dillon and the Ginger fella.

Time is a fragile flower, time shared last Friday is a gift. #CECultureNight#CultureNight

Culture Night 2021 Doolin
Storytelling in Doolin continues the tradition of storytelling in Doolin. Three different stories told in a hybrid of theatre readings and short films.

The three stories are ‘The Cat Who Talked Back’, ‘Hi Ho to England’  and ‘Unemployed Vampire Slayer’.  Written by Dermott Petty and directed by Joan O’Hanrahan.

Followed with a concert of the work of the composer Barry Dillon, performing original music from his theatrical, film and opera collaborations over the years.

Ballycartoon Productions is a film, animation and theatrical company set in the wilds of Doolin in Co. Clare, Ireland.
Time: 8pm - 9pm

Genres: Film / Music / Theatre
Features: Family friendly
Address: The Attic, Hotel Doolin, Riverdale, Doolin V95DE2X
Phone: 087 799 3543

The DOC Arts Project Awards have been granted to 3 artists in Co.Clare.

Dermott Petty
Tim Collins
Marie Connole

Dermott Petty’s play ‘Two Days in September’ will be staged and Directed by Joan O’Hanrahan. Music & soundscape by composer Barry Dillon with contributions by actor friends and technicians of BallyCartoon Players, our theatre group based in Co Clare.
‘’Two days In September’’ is the story of the Rineen ambush of an British Army
convoy by the local unit of the IRA, which is then followed by the revenge sacking
and burning of the villages of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Miltown Malbay by the
Black and Tans on September 22nd & 23rd, 1920.

Photo: Joan O Hanrahan, Dermott Petty and Barry Dillon ‘taking no prisoners’

A article from a program I did at the Belltable Connect in Limerick along with Fishamble Theatre.

Culture Night 2020 Online

 Days in September” a new play will have a segment Online as part of Culture Night 2020 on September 18th.
#Culturenight2020 #culture #Ballycartoon #Doolin #WestClare

A new internet radio station based in Limerick City LíR Media TV kindly did an interveiw with me.

Pat Barry was the host and the interveiw is below.

LíR Confidential, presented by Pat Barry on LíR Media.TV. The show was edited and produced by Mary Honan.

Sad news yet very understandable. 

Our hope is to perform ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ play at the Brighton Fringe which is intended to happen in either September or October instead this year.

Breaking News
Holy wow!!!

On Sunday January 26th, 8pm at the Barn in Hotel Doolin the World Tour of ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ will begin.
Please come by to give a middle finger to the MAN, to help local artists and most importantly to laugh cry and enjoy yerselfs!
Thanks to the Doolin Writers Weekend for inviting us to be part of their brilliant festival.

The board of Directors of Ballycartoon Productions had the year end board meeting today in the Doolin highlands.
Delighted to announce that they will be touring the World with our play The Only Punk Rocker in the Village in 2020.
The World Tour of Clare will be the beginning …more details to follow
Brilliant Photo by Joan O’ Hanrahan

Tom Dunne of Newstalk radio does an interview with Dermott Petty the writer & performer of the One Person play ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ Tom did the radio interview on Thursday October 24th 2 days before the Irish premiere of ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ in the Royal Spa hotel in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, Ireland. The play was directed by Joan O’Hanrahan

Tom Dunne’s Radio show…

Last weekend we had an extraordinary Irish premier of the play ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village‘ at the Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna.
A massive Thanks to everyone who attended, those who supported us, to Ann and John Doherty of the Royal spa. For Mark Douf for his help.
To my family, my mother Teresa Petty & Kathleen Gibbons for front of house.
For the mighty Tech crew of Sinéad HeaveyBarry Dillon & Rúairí Murdiff .
And to the Director..the brilliant Director who fleshed out every possible nuance, story and craft from the play along with the performance. Joan O’ Hanrahan you were patient, strong and visionary.
I am so happy, so grateful so humbled

The Only Punk Rocker in the Village
Warning a Punk Rocker has been seen in the Village
The finger of Punk Rock love

“Everything Goes” with Stax Green, Mike Curran, Debbie Green and Caroline McGrath , speaking to Dermot Petty about his stage play ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ playing in The Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna on October 26th & 27th at 8pm

Our play ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ is having its Irish premier in Lisdoonvarna when it will be playing in The Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna on October 26th & 27th at 8pm

On October 26th & 27th at the Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare at 8pm, will be the Irish Premiere of the play ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’.
’The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’  is a new play by North Clare native Dermott Petty The play is set in North Clare in the late 1970’s where a teenagers discovery of Punk Rock turns his life upside down and causes consideration, shock and misunderstanding with his parents, his community and his friends. The setting is in the village of Lisdoonvarna, where a tight-nit, conservative,  traditional based community is invaded by this new foreign phenomenon Punk Rock. In the village however there is only 1 Punk rockers.  The one punk rocker in the village has notions of rebellion, grandeur and turning the world upside down.
The origins of the play began from a poem of Dermott Petty’s tilted ‘When Punk Rock Came to North Clare’  that was  published by Revival Press in Limerick. The play will be directed by Joan O’Hanrahan and will be performed by Dermott Petty.

This summer  ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ play had its World Premiere as part of the Barnstable Fringe Theatrefest in Barnstable, North Devon, England.

Lovley article by Paudie McMahon on our film ‘The Waiting is Over’ in the Clare Echo newspaper

Culture Night Doolin 2019 took place last night at Doolin Cave. 
An amazing night of films, Opera and music.
Thanks to the Audience for attending, to the Artists Joan O’ HanrahanAmazing Films, Barry Dillon mysterious music & Dermott Petty, the singers Parel Pegler and Robert Little Doolin Cave for hosting it and Rúairí Murdiffand Sinéad Heavey for techin the show brilliantly and Mark Douf for helping setting up.
Heart filled with happiness Culture NightClare Culture Night#CultureNight2019

Performing the Opera ‘Body of Water’ the singers in silute Parel Pegler & Robert Little — with Robert Little and Parel Pegler in Doolin. — with Parel Pegler and Robert Little in Doolin.

The Artist’s pose heroically before Culture Night Doolin 2019 — with Joan O’ Hanrahan Dermott Petty and Barry Dillon in Doolin.

After performance ‘Body of Water’ Culture Night Doolin 2019 — with Robert Little in Doolin.
Screening of Joan O’ Hanrahan brilliant films — in Doolin.

Audience gathering before ‘Body of Water’ Films & Opera performance

Chatting about Art Culture Night Culture Night Doolin 2019 — in Doolin.
Barry Dillon composer of the music for the films and ‘Body of Water’ Opera
Chatting after ‘Body of Water’ films and Opera — in Doolin.
Culture n laughter
Singers performing ‘Body of Wate’r Opera segment

This year’s Doolin event, Body of Water Opera, is a segment of a new Electro Acoustic Opera set in Doolin in 1968. Music by Barry Dillon with the book and lyrics by Joan O Hanrahan and Dermott Petty. O Hanrahan and Petty will also include film and photography for the opera.

Body of Water Opera segment Culture Night 2019 Doolin
Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

This weekend August 25th in Waterville in Co Kerry our short film ‘The Waiting is Over’ will be playing as part of the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival.

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Produced & Art Direction Joan O’ Hanrahan
DOP & Editor Philip Shanahan
Starring Keith BogueJames Raleigh & Michael Cancavan
Shoot in Logh Bunny in the heart of the Burren on a Sunday safernoon.
All Clare talent and locations

Our play ‘The Only Punk Rocker in the Village’ is to make its World Premier at the Barnstable Fringe Festival in Devon, in England. The play will have 3 performances, the first on June 27th.

Poster for the Barnstable Fringe FestivaL
Poster for Barnstable Fringe Theatrefest

We need funds for our journey so please help if you can. Every donation and sharing is greatly appreciated.

Great news!

Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage 2019 in Switzerland has invited ‘The Waiting is Over’ film to be part of their Film Festival next November.

Well done to James Raleigh, Joan O’ Hanrahan, Michael Canavan, Keith Bogue Philip Shanahan and da Ginger fella.

Dermot Hayes from the radio show Radio Beams kindly did an interview with myself on the different productions of Ballycartoon…/radio-beams-stage-and-silver-sc…/ …

Culture Night Sept 21st a great success at Doolin Cave

Ballycartoon was proud to be part Culture Night 2018 on Friday, September 21st at Doolin Cave in Doolin Co Clare. The night was a great success at a most excellent venue Doolin Cave.

Ballycartoon were delighted with the evening. There were 25 very happy punters who enjoyed the 3 Portraits created by Joan O’Hanrahan.

They audience also saw the  5 films and animations which were made by Ballycartoon screened.

The evening was then ended with a performance/reading of Dermott Petty’s new play ‘When Punk Rock Came To North Clare’

The photographic portraits by Joan ‘Hanrahan, along with the films and animations of Ballycartoon and the theatre by Dermott Petty all shared the same vision of capturing the many Sub genres to be found in the Burren.

There was also a lively Question & Answers with the artists and the audience afterwards which was most enjoyable. The photos of the night were taken by the marvellous tech crew for the evening Aoife Petty and Orlaith Petty.

Culture Night 2018 Doolin

Ballycartoon Productions are involved with Culture Night 2018

‘Burren Sub Cultures’ Photo Exhibition, 5 Films & a Play ‘When Punk Rock came to North Clare’

‘Burren Sub Cultures’ series of portraits photography exhibition by Joan O’Hanrahan.

5 films set in North Clare.

A play – ‘When Punk Rock came to North Clare’ – set in the 1970’s, a teenager’s discovery of punk rock turns his life upside down causing shock and misunderstanding with his parents, community and friends.

Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

Braquage de banque or Bankrobbery 101 A mysterious woman explains how to commit the perfect Bank heist Staring Joan O’Hanrahan, Barry Dillon Scenario by Dermott Petty Shot with a mobile phone in Doolin and Lahnich in Co Clare, Ireland Thanks to Shadow the Cat, Rosie O’Handgreade, Eoin & Niamph Petty and Joe’s Cafe Ballycartoon Productions (c) 2018

The good people at Clare FM radio recently did an interview with Ballycartoon Productions founder and resident Ginger Filmmaker Dermott Petty on the radio show Morning Focus with Gavin  Crace.

Many thanks to Gavin and the show’s producer Fiona McGarry

The Good the Bad & The Sean Nós Dancer

In a West of Ireland village, a Stranger finds out that only certain people are allowed to Dance.

The Stranger is robbed of his donkey ‘Misty’

The film “The Good The Bad & The Sean Nós Dancer” is a is a Spaghetti Western with Sean Nós Dancing and dubbed in Irish (in the style of Spaghetti Westerns) The Irish voices is done by Michael Canavagh and Joan O’Hanrahan. Starring IN ‘The Good The Bad & the Sean Nós Dancer’ is the Irish Dancing Sean Nós Dancie champion and Dance teacher Gerard Butler.

The film also stars Colin Butler who plays the Sheriff, Anne Marie Neiligan who plays the Cowgirl, Keith Bogue plays the Bandito, Gerard Howard plays the Cobbler, Lorna Bogue plays the Bar fly and Andy Grindrod plays the Dance Commissioner.

The Stranger, & Cowgirl & the Cobbler

Dermott Petty’s thesis post graduate inspired media madness (MA in Creative Media at IT Tralee) is a Spaghetti Western film with Sean Nos Dancing titled ‘The Good The Bad & The Sean Nós Dancer’ This is a Spaghetti Western where Irish is dubbed in after shooting the film in English, which is a copy of what Spaghetti Westerns used to do. They would shoot the film in either Italian or Spanish and then would dub the film in English in the editing. The Irish voices is done by Michael Canavagh and Joan O’Hanrahan. Written, Directed and Produced as part of the MA In Creative Media at the Institute of Technology Tralee, in Co Kerry, in the Republic of Ireland.

This film was created to illustrate the vibrancy of how a folk culture survives in an ever-changing world by adopting, re-jigging, interpreting, and by its creation making the outside popular culture work for the existing yet constantly altering folk culture. It is homage to genre films, folk cultures and an exploration of post modernism.

Is Spaghetti Western é ‘an Good, The Bad & The Sean Nós Dancer’ le damhsa Sean Nós agus tugtar ainm ar an nGaeilge as an mBéarla.

The Good Ship Delerius Music Video Cartoon

Ballycartoon are proud to present the latest cartoon, a music video of the song ‘The Good Ship Delerius’ for the legendary singer/songwriter Mick Hanly (Moving Hearts).

Animation is by James Nolan and the Director is Dermott Petty.

The Good Ship Delirious’ is a song from Mick Hanly’s new album ‘Homeland’ which was released in 2016 on the Celtic Connection record label. On the recording of the song ‘The Good Ship Delirious’ Mick is joined by the legendary musician Dónal Lunny.
‘The Good Ship Delirious’ is Mick Hanly’s amusing song on the tale of a man attempting to escape his everyday reality, Ballycartoon have created this quirky animation of the song. The animation is by James Nolan and the Director is Dermott Petty.
For more information on the album Heartland please visit

The Good Ship Delirious

The Good Ship Delirious sails away
The Good Ship Delirious sails away


The Crab Choir
The Crab Choir

We will be working on a new stop motion animation this summer titled ‘The Fairy Police’

In addition, we are working on a live action film ‘Time Travel & The Leaving Cert’

The Fairy Police will be shooting in August of 2017