Hermit play to be staged in heart of the Comeraghs

Actor Paul Dillon in Lackendarra Jim  A Hermit of the Comeragh Mountains with musicians in background. The production will be staged in the middle of the Comeraghs Mountains as part of this year's Comeraghs Wild Festival, which takes place from 18th to 21st September.
A play about the famous hermit of the Comeragh Mountains, Lackendarra Jim, will be staged in the middle of the mountains on Saturday, September 20.

A play about the famous hermit of the Comeragh Mountains, Lackendarra Jim, will be staged in the middle of the mountains on Saturday, September 20.

Rigout arts group comprising musicians, thespians and visual artists will stage a very special performance of the play “Lackendarra Jim – A Hermit of the Comeragh Mountains”, for the Comeraghs Wild Festival that runs from September 18 to 20.

In keeping with the theme of the play, the production will take place in the middle of the Comeragh Mountains near the village of Clonea Power at 385 metres above sea level. It will be staged after the Festival’s Harvest Moon Walk in the mountains on September 20.

The bilingual one-man play, written by Joe Meagher, will be accompanied by local musicians ‘Jordan’s Rigout’. Following the performance, there is the intriguing option of staying overnight in a tent with supper and music.

The retelling of the story of Waterford man Jim Fitzgerald, who returned from World War 1 with shellshock and lived as a hermit in the Comeragh Mountains up to his death in 1959, will be a challenging one for the cast and crew.

They will have to transport sound and stage equipment and instruments to the base camp for the production.

To find out more about taking part in the Harvest Moon Walk and attending the play contact 058 21169. For the full Festival programme visit www.comeraghswild.com.