Castleblayney Players

No Going Back

by Joe Hanratty


4 March 2024

8.00 p.m.

The theatre doors will close strictly at 8.00!
Please be seated by 7.50.

(Please note: no food or drink will be allowed in the theatre during any performance, as this is a competition.)

The Play

No Going Back tells the story of two brothers who have taken part in the Irish War of Independence and they both carry scars from that conflict that cannot easily be shaken off. Tom, the IRA Captain, and his reliable back up man, Jimmy, have engaged in a lot of the fighting while Tom’s younger brother Michael has also seen his share of violence and has been at the receiving end of it too. After the Civil War they both settle down to life on a farm that was once part of their family heritage. That too carries its own ghosts of the past. But their experiences of conflict continue to come back and impact on their lives. Their story is complicated by Michael’s love for Ruth, the daughter of a local farmer who also has been the victim of “those terrible times” as Tom calls them. It all begins to close in on Michael who is forced to seek support from psychiatrist Dr. Fitzpatrick and this engagement opens up some things that Tom and Jimmy feel are best forgotten.

The Cast

Michael Thompson

Shane Cumiskey

Tom Thompson

David Maine

Jimmy O'Brien

Pat Kerley

Ruth Willis

Heather Hennessy

Dr. Fitzpatrick

Roraidh Irwin

IRA Volunteer/Hospital Attendant

Ryan McMahon



Nicky Hore
Joe Hanratty


Damien Mooney
David Maine
Raymond Hanratty
Francis G. Duffy

Lighting and Sound

Seamus Farrell
Paul O'Neill

Stage Management

Bernard Dunne
Jim O'Neill
Emma Duffy
Ryan McMahon


Joan Hanratty
Cast Members


Kevin McGeough
David Maine
Cast Members

The Group

Castleblayney Players was founded in 1990. Their first production was Philadelphia Here I Come, and since then, they have produced many plays and have won many awards including the ADCI Confined All Ireland with Blue Remembered Hills, Dundalk International Festival with The Great Hunger, and represented Ireland in the World Drama Festival in Monaco with At the Black Pig’s Dyke. Their most recent productions were Anyone Could Rob a Bank and The Beauty Queen of Leenane in addition to a night of one acts. This is their first run in the circuit since 2016.