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Alice Milligan: A Girl of Genius by Susannah McKenna.

Aisling Ghéar Theatre Company, Belfast.



Written as a special commission from CualaNYC. Directed by Bríd Gallagher. A Girl of Genius portrays the life of Alice Milligan: Methodist, journalist, poet, Irish speaker and ardent nationalist. Born in 1865 in County Tyrone, she brought together Protestant and Catholic in cultural clubs she founded in Belfast. A vital figure in the Irish cultural revival, she knew personally most of the well-known figures of her time – Yeats, Casement, Connolly, Hyde, Maud Gonne and Eoin McNeill. Writing in the Irish Review in September 1914, Thomas MacDonagh, described her as “the best Irish poet of her generation”. In 1926 George Russell wrote: “Thirty years ago there did not seem to be a people in Europe less visited by the creative fire. Then a girl of genius, Miss Milligan, began to have premonitions…”

A Girl of Genius will be presented in English.


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