Humanity Dick coming ‘home’ to Ballynahinch in one-man show

Seán Leonard as Humanity Dick Martin.
Seán Leonard as Humanity Dick Martin.

Richard Martin, the MP, animal rights activist and general legend who was better known as Humanity Dick will be coming ‘home’ to Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on Sunday, January 28, thanks to Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets, a one-man show, written and performed by Claddagh-man Seán Leonard,

The father of animal rights, celebrity duellist and rolling financial disaster, Colonel Richard Martin MP (1754-1834) lived for much of his life at Ballynahinch Castle, a place he loved deeply.

He witnessed the outbreak of the American and French Revolutions. He was also most famous duelist of his generation in Britain or Ireland – killing his own cousin. He eventually became bankrupt and went into exile in both France and Ballynahinch. His wife famously had affairs with Wolfe Tone as well as with a wealthy Englishman. And Richard Martin was an MP who had the compassion and found the time to become the international father of animal protection.

In the entertaining theatrical performance that is Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets, Seán plays the former master of Ballynahinch and King of Connemara – as well as several other characters he met in his eventful life.

The show, which was a hit at last year’s Galway Fringe Festival, is a lively journey through Humanity Dick’s many adventures, with deadly duels, contrary cousins, wayward wives, fiscal fecklessness, the birth of the RSPCA and a donkey in a courtroom.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.