39th Ballinamore Drama Festival
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The Knocks Drama Group, Fermanagh
The Cavan Curse By John McManus
All Ireland Football Final Sunday, 2020. Cavan vs Dublin. Former Cavan footballer, and 1952 All Ireland winner, Rua Smith, is watching the match on television from his blacksmith’s forge in Templeport. His grandson is playing wing forward in Croke Park, being marked by Jack McCaffrey. His grandson’s wife, Sarah, calls around to the forge in order to help Rua commit suicide with a syringe of Nembutal she has purchased off the dark net. After all, Cavan can’t win if Rua is still alive since he’s the last surviving member of the 1952 team, a team which was cursed by an old woman on the top of Ireland’s Holy Mountain, a curse which states that Cavan will never win another All Ireland until everyone who played in ‘52 is dead. Rua knows that with him being dead there will be nothing standing in the way of his beloved Cavan capturing Sam Maguire, apart from the six-in-a-row chasing Dubs, probably the best football team of all time…
Following the success of last year, with ‘The Quare Land’, the Knocks Drama group have decided to compete once again in the ADCI Festival. Knocks Drama group was founded in 1996 by a few local people with a keen interest in drama and have been able to perform a play, within the local area, every year since. The Knocks is a rural area based approximately three miles from Lisnaskea with a strong tradition of music and storytelling, which has seen our group grow in confidence and perform alongside some of the strongest drama groups within Ireland.