Ballylinan’s Passion Play

Ballylinan’s Passion Play

Ballylinan’s Passion Play

This only happens once every five years as the community there gathers together to perform and support one of the greatest stories ever told.  The production has featured on the front cover of Irish Times on Good Friday in 1992, 2005 and 2010. And Irish Farmers Journal have carried a full page review of the production in 1993, 2005 and 2010. Here are some of the reviews in both the local and national media of some of the previous performances:

The Way of the Cross

Irish Times, Good Friday April 17th 1992

 Passion Play: Laois Community re-enacts life and death of Jesus

Irish Times Front Cover – 25th March  2010

Laois Community Group Perform the Easter Passion Play

Irish Times Front Cover – Good Friday 2nd April 2010

Fake blood, sweat and tears: village’s Passion Play brings the house down

The Irish Times – Good Friday, Friday 2nd April 2010

Miracles do happen.  We had a series of them during Holy Week in Ballylinan, a small village in Co. Laois where the locals were staging the Passion.  It is a miracle such a small community in a village outside Athy on the road to Portlaoise and Carlow should attempt such an undertaking at all…..Sean MacConnell, Irish Times,Good Friday 2nd April 2010

 The Village unites for the Greatest Story

Irish Press, Friday, Saturday, April 9/10, 1993

A Very Passionate performance

Irish Independent, Saturday 5th March 2005

Irish Farmers Journal


Ireland’s answer to the Oberammergau Passion Play


Playing it with a Passion


Community spirit is alive and well in Ballylinan, Co. Laois, a tiny village that is preparing to stage its Passion Play for the fifth time.

The Nationalist:


Passion Play too good to miss

Spectacular production


A close encounter with the passion of Jesus Christ


Community Spirit is driving force behind Passion Play


Renowned Ballylinan Passion Play gears up for its sixth run

Ballylinan – Irish Oberammergau

Pioneer, October 1992

Ballylinan's Passion Play

Ballylinan’s Passion Play