The Pull, the popular comedy show by Liam Horan and John Corless of Half Solid Productions, has been confirmed for Hotel Castlepollard, Castlepollard, on Saturday, November 29, at 8pm, where the hosts will be Lough Lene Gaels GAA club.


The Pull was written by Mayo writers and actors Horan and Corless, and is currently enjoying a successful 40-night run all over Ireland.

The Pull is a lively comedy based on an “unreal real event that may or not have taken place in rural Ireland,” according to Liam. It is set in the fictional town of Ballybore, where, bizarrely, the local GAA club claim to pre-date the foundation of the GAA by some 130 years.

“It’s about a GAA club that runs into some financial trouble, but it’s not nearly as big a deal as they think. Basically, Ballybore GAA club are only €1,000 in debt but it feels like €1m to the main people involved in the club. They set about trying to solve the problem and decide to pull a truck around their home town to raise money and get themselves in the Guinness Book of Records. Chaos ensues and they end up getting in way over their heads”, explained Liam.

Instead of the whole club rallying around the event, matters are left ‘to the usual one or two, really just one’. Things don’t really go according to plan – in fact, it might be said that the actual plan itself is not the most convincing document ever produced.

In the midst of the panic and the unconventional attempts at fundraising, there are a number of other sub-plots for the audience to enjoy.  The Pull is suitable for all ages. Liam and John are looking forward to bringing the play to Castlepollard on Saturday, November 29.

“We are touring all over Ireland and it will be great to stage it in conjunction with Lough Lene Gaels,” added Liam.

The show starts at 8pm and admission is €10. Tickets can be purchased from club members and on the door on the night. Paradoxically, the event will double as a fund-raiser for Lough Lene Gaels, but the authors are keen to emphasise that any similarities between Ballybore GAA and Lough Lene Gaels clubs are entirely accidental.

“Lough Lene Gaels have been a very prominent club in Westmeath GAA over many years. Ballybore can only dream of such glory,” said Liam.

Liam is a former Gaelic games correspondent of the Irish Independent, and creator of the popular Championship Man series on RTE Radio One. John is a well-known poet who has performed a number of readings in this region.

“We are really looking forward to hosting this show and know that it will provide a great night’s entertainment for our many members, families and friends who are so supportive of everything we do,” said Joe Potter, Lough Lene Gaels.

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