The 10 Dark Secrets of the Irish Revolution

(and how they Shaped Ireland)

Paddy Cullivan of Callan’s Kicks, The Late Late Show, Leviathan and Kilkenomics brings you an audiovisual spectacular on the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. Using Satire, Imagery, Historical Insight and Song - Paddy reveals the 10 strangest things (and Darkest Secrets) that happened during our Rising, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (Civil War). He also draws parallels with those events’ effects on modern Ireland, drawing out the fundamental changes that need to happen, no matter what Government we end up with.

How did the lawyer who prosecuted the 1916 leaders end up in one of the highest positions in the Free State? Why were 280,000 women denied the vital Treaty Election Vote of 1922? What made 2 million Irish People turn from hating 1916 to supporting the War of Independence? What dark secret made Michael Collins sign the Treaty, and why is his assassination even stranger and more covered-up than JFK’s? All these questions and more will be dealt with in the show to end all 1916 shows…

Paddy has received excellent reviews for the show:

'Romanticism makes way for pragmatism and careful analysis with Paddy's unique brand of humour and story-telling genius' - Irish Independent

'An audience in hysterics, rapturous applause and lots of food for thought' -

John F. Kennedy Summer School

'Freewheeling Political Polemic that makes you laugh while making you think' -

The Irish Times

'Paddy Cullivan is a National Treasure' - David McWilliams, Economist

...and played these amazing sold-out venues and events:

- The New Ross Kennedy Summer School to an audience including US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley, Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland and the Boston Globe's Kevin Cullen.

Two sold-out shows in the Town Hall Theatre Galway,
-exploring-the-dark-secrets-of-1916 - the second as part of the official State 2016 Centenary Conversations.

- The Kilkenomics Festival of Economics and Comedy, Kilkenny

- Leviathan - Mindfield  - Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, Stradbally

- The William and Helen Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, The VIEW Temple Bar Festival of Politics and Arts and the Dublin Arts Club

You can book the show at

You can see '10 Dark Secrets of the Irish Revolution' here - 

Sunday June 18 Dalkey Book Festival, The Vico 7pm

Saturday June 24 Mullingar Arts Centre 8pm 

Thursday July 6 Bray Mermaid Arts Centre 8pm

Friday July 7 Waterford Central Arts 8pm

Wednesday July 19 Donegal Ballybofey Balor Arts Theatre 8pm

Thursday July 20 Mayo Ballina Arts Centre 8pm

Tuesday August 8 Belfast Feile na Phobail, Culturlann 8pm

Thursday October 19 Newcastle Tyneside Irish Centre 8pm

Thursday November 30  Mayo Castlebar Linenhall 8pm

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