Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

by Jim Nolan

Book Launch May 5th 2017

Coming hot on the heels of Dreamland, and directed by the author, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a topical and provocative contribution to the 2016 Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration.

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.

A word from Jim Nolan

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that the launch of The Gallery Press publication of my play, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan, will take place at The Book Centre, John Roberts Square, Waterford, this Fri 5th May at 6.30pm.

This is the seventh of my plays to be published by Gallery who are primarily a poetry publisher but who include Brian Friel, Tom Murphy & Tom Kilroy among the dramatists on their list.

I feel both proud and privileged to be included on that list and I would be extremely grateful if you were able to join us for Friday’s celebration. A reception is kindly hosted by the Book Centre and all are welcome, so please feel free to share this invitation.

Best wishes,


“A richly layered drama to be stored in the memory and revisited time and again to retrieve its subtle wisdom.” (The Salvage Shop) Irish Times

“Hugely courageous… a deeply serious work of soul-raking big-stage literature.” (Blackwater Angel) The Guardian

“A stunningly beautiful, deeply uplifting play” (Brighton) Arena, RTE Radio One

“Enormously courageous…A reminder of a shameful era and mindset in our country, by those of every political allegiance.” (Dreamland) Sunday Independent

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
President Michael D Higgins with Jim Nolan, playwright, Maire Henry, board member and Caroline Senior, Artistic Director, Garter Lane Arts Centre Photo Keith Currams Photography

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