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Limerick actress Amanda Minihan cast for Angela’s Ashes

Amanda Minihan will play the role of Frank McCourt’s grandmother in the upcoming production

Limerick actress Amanda Minihan cast for Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes is a 1996 memoir by the American author Frank McCourt. The memoir consists of various anecdotes and stories of Frank McCourt’s childhood. The memoir details his very early childhood in Brooklyn, New York, but focuses primarily on his life in Limerick, Ireland.

Limerick actress Amanda Minihan has been announced as one of the cast members of the upcoming world premiere of Angela’s Ashes – The Musical in Limerick.



Ms Minihan will play the role of Frank McCourt’s grandmother in the upcoming production, which takes to the stage in the Lime Tree theatre from July 6.

She has previously starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act the musical at the Palladium Theatre in London’s West End, amongst other notable roles on stage and screen.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Ms Minihan said “I love the way Frank McCourt writes as though he is experiencing events for the first time as they unfold and the humorous matter-of-fact tone he uses to match the age of the narrator as the story is being told.

“A quote I’ve used as a mantra in the showbiz world is, as Mr McCourt wrote, ‘Sing your song, dance your dance and tell your tale’.”

Ms Minihan earlier starred as a soloist in El Divas at LIT’s Millennium Theatre, and as Mrs Assumpta Sheehan in the original cast of the hugely popular Pigtown in Limerick. Other actors with an international profile are being approached to star in the main roles in the production under the critically and commercially acclaimed producer Pat Moylan. There are hopes the production could make it to the West End in London and Broadway in New York, after further shows in Dublin and Belfast. 

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.