Michael and Roy Keane OlympiaI’ve been busy this week with the run-up to the opening night of I Keano in the Olympia tonight. The review shows have helped us to make some final tweaks in the script, and director Daryn Crosby and his cast and crew have created the best production yet of the show.

Roy Keane came to see the show yesterday, along with Martin O’Neill and the entire Ireland football squad, who are in Dublin for the match against Poland on Sunday. They loved it, and I hope that Niall Quinn will like it too when he comes to the opening night.

Normal service will soon be resumed here, when I write some updates about recent Atheist Ireland meetings with Irish political parties preparing their election manifestos, and with a group of Danish students who were in Dublin to study secularism.

Meanwhile, I Keano is running in the Olympia for the next few weeks. Here are some links to details of the show, the cast, the writers, forty years of FAI fun, reviews of the original run and where to buy tickets.

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I Keano is back in the Olympia Theatre this week

by Michael Nugent on March 21, 2015

Keano and Macartacus

He came. He saw. He went home. Now he’s back.

When I wrote I Keano with Arthur Mathews and Paul Woodfull in 2005, I didn’t think we would be bringing it back ten years later. But this week we are back in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin from Wednesday 25 March.

If you liked it first time around, you can enjoy a musical nostalgia trip into the absurdity of the Saipan saga. If you haven’t seen it, you can find out what all of the fuss was about.

Here are some links to details of the show, the cast, the writers, forty years of FAI fun, reviews of the original run and where to buy tickets.

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Why John Hamill, Cavan Monaghan Chairperson of Atheist Ireland, is voting yes for Marriage Equality.

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This is video of all three parts of my recent dialogue with Abdullah al Andalusi about freedom of speech or right to insult at the Islamic Society in University College Dublin.

Part 1 – Opening contributions

Part 2 – Discussion

Part 3 – Audience Q&A

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Psychic medium jailed for stealing €320,000 can legally solemnise marriages, but atheists can not

March 17, 2015

I have been writing since 2012 about Tom Colton, who last week was was jailed for two and a half years for stealing €320,000 from an elderly couple, one of whom has Alzheimer’s disease. Colton is legally allowed to solemnise marriages in Ireland, because his Spiritual Union of Ireland is considered a religion, despite Atheist Ireland not […]

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Why Ashling O’Brien, Dublin Chairperson of Atheist Ireland, is voting yes for Marriage Equality

March 16, 2015

Why Ashling O’Brien, Dublin Chairperson of Atheist Ireland, is voting yes for Marriage Equality.

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Freedom of speech or right to insult? Part 2 of my dialogue with Abdullah al Andalusi at UCD

March 15, 2015

I recently discussed freedom of speech or right to insult with Abdullah al Andalusi at the Islamic Society in University College Dublin. This is part 2, an open discussion between us on the issue. The opening contributions are in the video below; the audience Q&A will be online soon.

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Atheist Ireland supports a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum

March 15, 2015

Atheist Ireland unequivocally supports a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum on 22nd May. We support the equal right of all citizens to choose to marry the person they love. Atheist Ireland believes that public policy and the civil law should be informed by ethical secularism, rationality and the reasoned consideration of evidence. The […]

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Please send this letter to tell your politicians to end religious discrimination in Irish schools

March 15, 2015

Atheist Ireland is in a dialogue process with the Minister for Education as well as the Taoiseach about religious discrimination in Irish schools. If you want to help this process, we have prepared the following letter that you can use as a basis for your own letter to your local TDs, Ministers, Senators, Euro MPs […]

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Atheist Ireland meets NCCA about exemption from ERB and Ethics course for Primary Schools

March 14, 2015

This week Jane Donnelly and I met with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to discuss our concerns about the proposed Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics course for Primary Schools. Given the legal framework in Ireland, and the fact that we have direct experience of a Religious Education course at […]

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