Sarah McKenna Dunne
Smouldering, Not Smothered

Thursday 19th -
Sunday 22nd May

Sarah McKenna Dunne
Smouldering, Not Smothered

A site-specific, individual, 35 minute audio experience that leads the listener through the events of the 23th of February 1943, when a fire raged through St. Clare's orphanage and took with it the lives of 35 children and 1 elderly woman.

Told through the perspectives of those involved in the rescue, the children, and the tribunal witnesses, listeners will be guided through the outside spaces that played an essential role on that night.

This event is free of charge. Parental Guidance is advised for children under 12. 


It is recommended that you begin listening to the audio in the Market Square, Cavan town. Tickets for this event can be booked through the Town Hall website however, due to the individual nature of this experience, only one ticket can be sought per email address as your individual phone will be your means to engage with the experience. You must bring your own headphones and phone.


Created and written by Sarah McKenna Dunne. Performed by young people from Gonzo Youth Theatre, Lisa Dunne, Sarah McKenna Dunne, Conor Shaffrey, Eoghan Yore, Irene Yore. Edited by Shauna McKenna Dunne. Funded by Cavan Arts Council and The Arts Council. Image source: National Archives of Ireland.Special thanks to Kathleen Graham, Denise Graham. Content Warning: The subject matter is related to a fire that claimed the lives of children which some people may find distressing.


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