Tuesday 5th March 2019

The Nenagh Players

What Happened Brigie Cleary

By Tom McIntyre

In 1895, husband Mikey Cleary burned his wife Bridgie Cleary, to death in their home in County Tipperary. He was jailed for manslaughter along with nine others who were variously convicted for their part in this heinous and sinister crime including her father and six of her cousins.

He claimed his wife was abducted by fairies and replaced with a changeling. The unusual and shocking case was reported worldwide and inspired the local rhyme – ‘Are you a witch or are you a fairy, or are you the wife of Mikey Cleary?’

Set in an anteroom to Heaven, this play reunites Bridgie with her husband and one time family friend and lover William Simpson. These men are left haunted by their love for Bridgie and their role in her terrible death. This dramatic fantasia delves into the dark alliance of superstition, fear and the afterlife. A potent meditation on love, desire and magic.


40th West Waterford Drama Festival
Friday 4th March to 12th March 2022. Check out the festival line up and a synopsis of the plays being performed.

Bookings: On 058 60456 from Monday 21st February 2022 - 2pm - 8pm

Festival Ticket prices:
Nightly tickets are €15 and concessions €10
Season Tickets are €90 and includes Festival Programme


If using Sat Nav, be careful when inputting. There are at least three Ballyduffs in County Waterford. In particular, there is a village called Ballyduff about five miles from Waterford City. This is not us! Coordinates 52° 08' 51" N, 8° 03' 06" W will get you pretty near the correct Ballyduff! more


About The Festival

Since 1981, West Waterford Drama Festival is held in Ballyduff during March. Over three decades of dramatic excitement, community endeavour, investment in friendship and sheer good fun. All driven by an ethos of volunteerism, community and good humour. more

Supported by Waterford City &
County Council's Arts Festivals Grants