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Render Unto Caesar

13th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Render Unto Caesar is a radio play written by the late Patrick J. Power.

About the author
Patrick J Power, a “Raheny veteran” was born in 1929 and he died in March of this year (2021) – just three days before his 92nd birthday.

The renowned storyteller was originally from Roscommon where his father was a Garda sergeant. He moved to Dublin when he was 18, excited to be a part of a quickly changing city in the 50s. Patrick started working in Dublin Port before rising up the ranks to Planning Officer.

All the while the young Roscommon man was studying for a BCom in Trinity College Dublin at night time. Patrick started writing for newspapers and magazines like the Evening Press, the Irish Independent and Ireland’s Own. Patrick spent his later years writing full time and reflecting on all the great characters he had come across in life. His plays were broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Four.

Render Unto Caesar was turned down by RTE on the grounds that the priest’s sermons were too long and unbalanced the script. The BBC broadcast the play as part of its contribution to Bloomsday 1998. The Radio Times chose it as a highlight on Radio 4, the London Independent’s Fiona Sturges included it in her Pick of the Day column and the Irish Times radio critic Harry Browne gave it special mention. A repeat was broadcast in June 1999.

A death in the community and a sum of money going missing.
Render Unto Caesar gives an insight into the somewhat hidden conflicts between the Catholic Church, the rule of law, and the individuals in a small community.


This production is brought to you courtesy of Patrick’s daughter Nessa.


Bridget Kinsella Muriel Caslin O’Hagan
Mike Kinsella Val O’Donnell
Mary Pettit Mary Dowling
Jim Pettit Steve Curran
Father Murphy Paul McCorry (performed on the night by understudy Tim Casey)
Nellie Nessa Power
Sargent Pádraig Denihan

Directed by

Tim Casey



Liam Borgström


Booking required

With reduced capacity due to COIVD-19 we are asking you to book a seat.  If you are attending please send an email detailing the number in your party to


Also for those members who feel they would prefer not to attend in person there will be a limited number of places available to watch the performance over Zoom. Again please email


The entrance to the live performance is free, however we will be accepting CASH donations on the night.

Patrick J. Power’s book are available to purchase after the performance

and on his website at https://patrickjpower.com/

Or click on an image below!


ISBN 9781838229900 ISBN  0952221640 ISBN 1091585520


13th November 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Dublin Shakespeare Society
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The Teachers’ Club
36 Parnell Square West
Dublin, Dublin D01 T6V6 Ireland
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