The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

First performed 21st – 22nd August 2015 | St Columba’s Church, Glencolmcille Donegal

Cast & Crew


Brian Friel


Paula McFetridge


Diarmuid: Peter Ballance

Columba: James Doran

Aedh: Thomas Finnegan

Brian: Seamus O’Hara

Eoghan: Vincent Higgins

Brendan: Gerard Jordan

Oswald: Terry Keeley

Grillaan: Frank McCusker

Dochonna: Noel McGee

Caornan: Lalor Roddy


Costume Designer: Liz Cullinane

Technical Manager: JP Conaghan Producers: Dominic Montague and Edel Murphy

Producers: Dominic Montague and Edel Murphy

First staged in 1962, The Enemy Within is Friel’s fictional account of the voluntary exile of Columba. Set in Iona, where Columba lived for 34 years following his departure from Ireland in 563, it concentrates on the private man, a charismatic, worldly personality who struggled to combine the skills of scholar, bard and ruler with his fearless commitment to his vocation.

Kabosh staged a series of rehearsed reading of Friel’s first play in the historic Pobail Teach Naomh Colmcille (St. Columba’s Church), located in the beautiful setting of Glencolmcille, and featuring 10 of Northern Ireland’s most prominent actors, as part of the inaugural Lughnasa Frielfest programme.

Produced in partnership with Arts Over Borders.

The power of the script-in-hand production is further energised, between the acts, by Ruby Philogene’s haunting renditions of spirituals.



29th August 2015 | First Presbyterian Church, Belfast

25th August 2017 | St Mary’s Church, Knockmoyle (birthplace of Brian Friel)

26th August 2017 | St Columba’s Church, Long Tower, Derry 

Revived St Columba’s Church Omagh, All Saints Clooney Church Derry and St Mary’s Derry August 2019 with

All Female Cast

Columba: Abigail McGibbon

Caornan: Libby Smith

Oswald: Clare McMahon

Brian: Bernadette Brown

Grillaan: Eleanor Methven

Aedh: Maria Quinn

Diarmuid: Antoinette Morelli

Singer: Ruby Philogene

Dochonna: Carol Moore

Brendan: Kerri Quinn

Eoghan: Andrea Irvine