It’s 1924 and the Boundary Commission from Britain
and Ireland is deciding on the new boundary line between
Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
After months of haggling over every inch of territory, the
commissioners are forced to finish the job in hand, after
a bicycle incident destroys the surveyor’s equipment.
With all the participants holding down the pencil and much
pushing and shoving, the border finds it’s way down
the middle of Puckoon, dividing house from outhouse, man
from wife, pub chairs from bars, church from cemetery. Our
hero Dan Maddigan (Sean Hughes) wakes up from his indolence
to find cheap beer on the wrong side of the pub, and on a
border patrol demanding passports. Puckoon will never be
the same again. Something has to be done….
Based on Spike Milligan’s legendary comic masterpiece,
which has sold over five and a half million copies to date,
PUCKOON is a politically true(ish), politically incorrect
and some believe profoundly funny tale of a divided island
PUCKOON was first published in 1963, the literary debut
of a comic talent who had already achieved cult status as
a writer and performer on BBC radio with THE GOONS, an unclassifiable
and groundbreaking excursion into madness with Spike Milligan,
Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine.
In the forward to the book Milligan wrote “ This book
nearly drove me mad. I started it in 1958 and doodled with
it for 4 years. I don’t think I could go through it
all again….this will be my first and last book “.
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