Allegiance, the superb play by Mary Kenny, is showing at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday, March 14. This outstanding performance looks at the relationship which developed between Michael Collins and Winston Churchill during the negotiations between the two over the Irish Treaty in 1921 and tells the true story of how one evening changed Irish History for ever.
Michael Collins was ordered by Eamon de Valera, to travel to London with the Irish delegation, to negotiate the a treaty following the truce after the War of Independence. Churchill was Colonial Secretary in charge of Ireland, and the two men were prepared to detest one another. Yet, at a point when the Treaty talks seemed to be in stasis, Churchill and Collins spent a night drinking together, talking, arguing, even singing and reciting poetry. They emerged from this session fascinated by each other.
After this meeting Churchill softened towards Ireland and did what he could to help Ireland move forward with the negotiations. Irish people everywhere will never forget the debt they owe this great man who was both a hero and a patriot.
Tickets: €12/€10 booking essential.
More info: 096 73593 / www.ballinaartscentre.com