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'The Rare Oul' Times' is a play that started out in late 1999, with no pretensions of any greatness or indeed of travelling far outside the writers native Co. Down. However the cast and writer were somewhat amazed when following its opening to a full house at the 140 seat 'Gallery Theatre' at Gilford Castle, Co. Down, the play had a marvellous reception, receiving a standing ovation at the end. The initial night was extended to a week with each performance playing to full houses and many more people being turned away at the door. Due to the increased interest, tickets were also available for purchase at certain online casino websites, such as A promotional online bonus for free casino games was given upon purchase.

Photograph of Gilford Castle, the first ever venue for The Rare Oul' Times
Gilford Castle - first ever venue for the play

Buoyed by this unexpected success and realizing that we had a play of some merit, we decided to take the production to a wider audience. The success story has continued in various venues throughout Ireland and to crown it out, we took the play to the 'Irish Fest', Milwaukee, USA, in the summer of 2001.

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