Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024

Written, Directed & Performed by: Aindrias de Staic

Age Suitability: PG/11

Running Time: 55min –  no interval

Side-splitting humour, but also a sharp insight into community cohesion and the effects of emigration.

“The Man From Moogaga” is an hilarious, fantastical tale of growing up in remote small town Ireland in the 1980’s, while playing with friends on the local GAA team. As the years pass, he and his teammates take to the road, becoming part of the Irish diaspora. This rights of passage tale is full of twists and turns with a cast of strong, peculiar characters.


★★★★  ‘He has taken an ancient form of storytelling and updated it with his own distinctive style. It’s an absolute pleasure to witness something so intrinsically Irish, something that is both modern and ancient at the same time.’ – Philip Dunne,

‘The story-telling, the poetry, music, timing and production of this programme was not only unique but exemplary. It stood out on so many levels. It has side-splitting humour, but also a sharp insight into community cohesion and the effects of emigration.’  Celtic Media Award judges

★★★★  ‘The fiddle is adeptly used by its master to serve the story and paints vivid pictures of unfolding events.’ – Brendan O’Donohue,


Aindrias de Staic has been described in the media as ‘a captivating yarn-spinner’,but he is also an accomplished musician and actor having won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Geelong Film Festival (Australia) for “Malarkey” (dir. Joe Loh 2006) and The Galway Music Award 2007. Born in Galway Ireland, his rich ‘n rare style of fiddle playing is as unique to the west of Ireland as his story-telling, antics and humor.

Dates & Venues

Ticket Pre-Booking Essential

Wed July 28th 2021 – 8:00 pm
Ballydehob Community Park
Bookings essential: 0876076745

Fri July 30th 2021 – 1:00 pm
Ballydehob Community Park
Bookings essential: 0876076745

Important Information

Tickets must be pre-booked. Please contact the Box office: 0876076745 (10am-5pm) phone only – no texts please.

Performances will be in a large tent with open sides so please dress for the Irish weather.

Masks or face-coverings must be worn on arrival and departure from the venue.

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