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Sep 02 2022

As The Chief opens in Galway, playwright Murphy hopes it starts new Collins conversations

The great challenge in writing a play about an iconic figure such as Michael Collins is trying to find something to say that hasn’t already been said.

After all, almost everyone has their own take on the man, and depending on the household they were raised in; Fianna Fail or Fine Gael, it’s a safe bet that the narrative bequeathed by each generation brought with it layers of embellishment and exaggeration, that by the time we’ve reached his centenary all that’s left are broad, black and white brush stroke, bereft of the important grey areas that gives a truer and more complicated picture of a man you either loved or loathed.

For me it began with confronting the three great clichés that have come to define Collins.


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