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



The Quiet Land

Presented by Palace Players

Written by: Malachy McKenna

Directed by: Danny Buckley

Performed by: Sean Aherne & Liam Howard

Age Suitability: 12+

Running Time: 60mins – no interval

A celebration of humour, resilience and endearing innocence.

The Palace Players bring their All-Ireland winning play ‘The Quiet Land’ from the pen of Malachy McKenny, back to the stage with performances in Whiddy Island, Beare Island and Ballydehob as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival 2018. Directed by Danny Buckley, ’The Quiet Land’ features Sean Ahern and Liam Howard as Nashee and Eamonn respectively, two elderly farmers who meet at a clearing on the hillside between their homes.

With a wonderful blend of humour and pathos, ‘The Quiet Land’ is a celebration of humour, resilience and endearing innocence of an exiled generation as it struggles to survive in the isolated rural Ireland of today. It’s a real test of their friendship and is the author’s heartfelt tribute to a rare breed of forgotten men who live ‘a long way in off the road’.

The Palace Players took top honours with the play at the All-Ireland finals in Letterkenny in early December last year, beating off stiff opposition from the top groups in the country and in the process, won numerous awards along the way.


Danny Buckley is passionate about his Drama and all aspects of stage. An All Ireland winning actor and director, Danny received his Fellowship from Victoria College of Music and Dramatic Art in London, FVCM. He teaches Drama at Centre Stage School in his native Mallow.

Dates & Venues

Thursday August 9th – 8pm
Community Centre, Timoleague
Tickets at door or online

Friday August 10th – 8.15pm
Bank House, Whiddy Island
Tickets at door or online

Saturday August 11th – 8pm
Lecture Theatre (Camp Church), Rerrin, Bere Island
Tickets at door or online

Sunday August 12th – 8pm
Community Hall, Ballydehob
Tickets at door or online

Please note our online ticket sales will be limited to 30% of the overall capacity of each venue and intended to complement our usual tickets at the door policy.