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“The Unsung Hero,” a play by David Gilna

June 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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The Unsung Hero is a love story from Easter week 1916 between Michael O’Rahilly (The O’Rahilly) the Co-Founder of The Irish Volunteers and his wife Nancy O’Rahilly Vice-president of the Cumann na mBan.

Fresh from the recent success of co-curating Origin Theatre Company’s 1st Irish festival 2022, New York based actor Michael “Mick” Mellamphy (Red Dead Redemption 2, The Seafarer, Law & Order, I Know This Much Is True) will take on the role of The O’Rahilly in the play The Unsung Hero. A company member of the famed Irish Repertory Theatre in New York where he has performed in 9 productions since 2005.

The play was commissioned by Dublin City Council for the 2016 Easter Rising Centenary Commemorations to critical acclaim having its world premiere at The Theatre Upstairs with the support of the late Karl Shiels. The play went on to launch further commemorations at Fingal County Council & Kerry County Council. The Unsung Hero was awarded best play by the Mayor of Fingal Darragh Butler and Chief Executive of Fingal Council Paul Reid. David was invited by the Minister of State for the Irish Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan to perform the play at the birthplace of The O’Rahilly in Ballylongford, Co Kerry.

David Gilna is an award-winning playwright, producer, and performer from Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland. He began his creative journey as a writer after he was hit by lightning on a beautiful sunny day in South Boston. What are the chances? 1 in 1,042,000 a rough estimate from the National Weather Service. This sparked David to write his first play.

Online tickets will be available till 5 pm on June 24th. Afterward, they may be purchased for $28 at the door. 


The Sunday World 

“I can honestly say, virtually everyone in the audience had either tears running down their cheeks or welled in their eyes, such was the brilliance of the production.”

The Fingal Independent 

“The Unsung Hero directed by David Gilna is a small masterpiece.”

The Mail On Sunday

“The Risings greatest untold love stories come out of the Theatre Upstairs.”

The Times

“One of the greatest untold love stories”

Eamon Farrell – Director of The National Performing Arts School

“David Gilna’s The Unsung Hero is a truly beautiful production filled with deep emotion. Two heroes, no… two human beings come alive on stage to tell the story of their love and the love they have for their country.”


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June 24
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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