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The Trial of John Mitchel | Newry Arts Festival

Newry Court House (Court Three), 23 New Street, Newry, Down, BT35 6AD
John Mitchell trial


In the Trial of John Mitchel’s Statue, the ghost of Tomas D’Arcy McGee (1825-1868), Irish rebel, and Canadian loyalist, demands that the statue of John Mitchel (1815-1875), Irish Republican, American Confederate and slavery supporter, be removed from St. Colman’s Park. The Court of History is convened in Newry Court House to decide the issue with Judge Dionisius Cronos, who was present at the trial of Socrates, presiding.




As in life so also in death and Mitchel’s shade fiercely and eloquently opposes McGee’s ‘outrageous suggestion.’ McGee responds with the charge of hypocrisy. 

John Mitchel, who more than any other writer or politician shaped the nationalist perception of the Great Famine, will call his wife, Jenny Verner, to his defence. McGee will rely on testimony from Sir Charles Cavan Duffy, Irish Republican, Prime Minister of Victoria and British knight. Mitchel and Duffy, once friends, were lifelong enemies. Death has not diluted their bile.

All the ghosts are aware of what has happened in the world since they entered the grave and comment accordingly. The audience, limited to the capacity of Court Number Three, Is the jury.

This informative, entertaining, and humorous play, written by Antony Russell, will be performed by Newpoint Players.

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