A night of theatre at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel with the remarkable true story of previous resident Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin
International father of animal rights, celebrity duellist and rolling financial disaster, Colonel Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin M.P. (1754-1834) lived for much of his life at his beloved Ballynahinch Castle.
Richard Martin returns to Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on Sunday 28th January next, in the form of a one-man show by Seán Leonard, a riveting and greatly entertaining theatrical performance which was a break-out success of last year’s Galway Fringe Festival and a sell out at the recent Clifden Arts Festival.
An extraordinary tale of deadly duels, contrary cousins, wayward wives, fiscal fecklessness, the birth of the RSPCA and a donkey in a courtroom, Richard Martin’s remarkable true story will be performed for the very first time in his own Connemara refuge, when Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets comes to Ballynahinch Castle on Sunday 28th January.
The show, in which writer and actor Seán Leonard plays former master of Ballynahinch and King of Connemara, Richard Martin – and a number of other characters he met along the way – is a lively journey through his many, many adventures. These included witnessing the outbreak of the American and French revolutions, becoming the most famous duellist in Britain or Ireland, killing his own cousin, becoming hopelessly bankrupt, going into exile in both France and Ballynahinch, his wife having affairs with Wolfe Tone and a wealthy Englishman, and being the international father of animal protection.
Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets begins at 17.30 on Sunday 28th January and runs for two acts of 40 minutes each with a 15-minute interval, with tickets available from Ballynahinch for €60 including dinner in the Fisherman’s Pub after the performance. Overnight theater evening with bed & breakfast and dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant and tickets to the show from €135 per person sharing.