Sean Duggan, Aidan O'Hare, Dara Devaney, Conor Lambert, Eddie Mullarkey, Michael Judd & Michael O'Sullivan cast in Colm Bairéad's docu-drama "THE MAAMTRASNA MURDERS" which premiered on TG4 on Wednesday April 4th.
Three Irish speakers were condemned to death – in a language they did not understand – for the murder of a family in Maamtrasna in 1882 in a miscarriage of justice that resonates to this day.
Dara Devaney plays one of the accused ‘Maolra Seoighe’, Michael O’Sullivan plays Senior Barrister for the Defence ‘George Orme O’Malley’, Conor Lambert plays 'Crown Solicitor George Bolton’, Michael Judd plays Attorney General of Ireland at the time 'William Moore Johnson’, Eddie Mullarkey plays Solicitor for the Defence ‘Henry Concanon’, Aidan O’Hare plays Irish MP to Westminister ‘Tim Harrigton’, while Seán Duggan plays Tory radical ‘Randolph Churchill’ who was Winston Churchill's father.
News of the signing by President Michael D. Higgins of a warrant to grant a posthumous pardon to Myles Joyce (Maolra Seoighe) in relation to the Mám Trasna murders of 1882, which co-insided with the premiere of docu-drama on TG4 on April 4th 2018, has made headlines worldwide and the level of views of the TG4 docudrama chronicling the injustice, Murdair Mhám Trasna, has been substantial as well.
The unprecedented, historic pardon has been covered by international media outlets such as SKY, BBC and others based in Britain, as well as the New York Times and Irish Central in the US. But perhaps more surprising is the level of interest from news outlets across the globe also in places such as Brazil, Hungary, Indonesia, Switzerland and Russia.
This interest is matched by a relatively large viewership of the programme online. Since it was first screened on TG4 on Wednesday April 4th the programme has been viewed extensively in the US and Britain as well as in substantial numbers in Canada, Australia, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
The feature length film Murdair Mhám Trasna (The Maamtrasna Murders) was commissioned by TG4 and co-funded by the BAI. It tells the story of the miscarriage of justice which ensued due to perjury and bribery after the brutal murder of five members of the same family in Mám Trasna in the West of Ireland in 1882, which eventually contributed to the fall of a British government.
Murdair Mhám Trasna, is based on the book ‘Éagóir’, written by former Language Commissioner, Seán Ó Cuirreáin, directed by Colm Bairéad and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of ROSG.