The Connemara Five.
Micheál Ó Conghaile
Translated from the Irish by Úna Ní Chonchúir
Arlen House 2006
Foilsíodh an dráma Cúigear Chonamara le Micheál Ó Conghaile i 2003, agus léiríodh i dTaibhdhearc na Gaillimhe agus i Theatre Space, BÁC, é sa bhliain céanna. Aistriúchán Béarla ar an dráma atá i The Connemara Five.
Micheál Ó Conghaile’s play Cúigear Chonamara was published in 2003, the same year it was staged in An Taibhdhearc, Galway, and in Theatre Space, Dublin, to much acclaim.
The Connemara Five introduces us to 5 characters who are prisoners of their own lives. Danny is a closet transvestite living with his bitter and aggressive brother Darach and their ageing and demented father Coleman. Cynthia is engaged to Danny but she doesn’t and cannot understand him, and the fifth character, Maggie, lives alone because of the choices she made many decades ago.
All of their lives are shaped by tragedy and by the narrowness of their society.