Credit Union to fund new musical drama about the life of John Hume

The Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) is to fund next year’s musical drama based on the life of the late John Hume.

Plans for ‘Beyond Belief’ were unveiled by Derry’s Playhouse Theater earlier this year. The production will tell the story of Mr Hume and his wife Pat and will premiere next year on the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

Created and written by Damian Gorman, with music by Brian O’Doherty, the work will be conducted by Kieran Griffith.

Throughout his life, Mr. Hume championed the credit union movement as a way to lift people out of the poverty trap. He was a founding member of Derry Credit Union and the youngest President of ILCU. With Pat Hume, he worked evenings and weekends at the institution. Mr. Hume has always said that his role in the credit union movement was one of his proudest accomplishments.

Confirming the £45,000, ILCU chief executive David Malone said many towns and communities in Ireland now had “vibrant credit unions” thanks to the work of Mr Hume in the 1960s.

“John was only able to do this (work) because of the support he had from Pat who kept things balanced at home as he traveled around the county. Beyond Belief is a fitting tribute to this extraordinary couple,” Mr. Malone said.

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