Updated: 07/03/18 : 05:09:03
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Sligo star set for summer stage return in Dublin

SLIGO’S LEADING acting star Maria McDermottroe is set to star in a revival of a popular play by Martin McDonagh.

Dublin’s Olympia Theatre will see “A Skull in Connemara” return 21 years after its first ever Irish staging, in Galway.

Distinguished Career

Comedian Pat Shortt will feature in the dark comedy which has entertained audiences from Galway to London to off-Broadway.

Sligo’s Maria McDermottroe will feature in the new re-casting after a lengthy and distinguished theatre and TV career.

She and Pat Shortt previously worked together in the TV satire, Killinascully.

McDermottroe’s Killinascully catchphrase — “I am not in the habit of repeating myself” entered the nation’s lexicon for a time.

Late Tenor

Most notably, McDermottroe was directed by Hollywood legend John Huston in his 1987 film of James Joyce famed short story “The Dead.”

That film also starred the late Irish tenor Frank Patterson, whose song “The Lass of Aughrim” was a cinema high point.

Other previous career ‘highs’ for McDermottroe included the 1977 Gate Theatre staging of “Equus” — a snow advertised at the time as “Adults Only.”

The details of the revival of “A Skull in Connemara” come at the end of a major week for its author Martin McDonagh.

He was shortlisted for several Academy Awards last weekend.

McDonagh’s film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was, however, pipped for Best Picture.

The Dublin showing of McDonagh’s play will begin on August 14th next.