May 25, 2024

I Keano – The Musical

He Came, He Saw, He Went Home

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The Saipan incident was such a momentous affair for the Irish public that Arthur Matthews, Michael Nugent and Paul Woodfull wrote a comedy musical stage show about the events that occurred in that far away Pacific island. First performed in February 2005 in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in Dame Street the show was an instant hit with the Irish public.

I Keano is a musical comedy that parodies all of the main protagonists in the real Saipan affair using an ancient Rome war setting as a backdrop to convey the utter ridiculousness of how animated an entire nation became about a spat between two men over missing soccer balls etc. The show was a smash hit drawing huge audiences including Manchester United’s Roy Keane in Dublin in 2005. It is rumoured that Eamon Dunphy has seen the show and while he did not think that it was a great musical comedy he did think that was a good musical comedy.

I Keano Plot

An ancient federation state dispatches one of it’s armies to a distant island destination to prepare for an impending battle. Led by obdurate and tenacious General Macartacus the army has in it’s ranks a great but fierce warrior called Keano. But it is clear that all is not well in the relationship between the two alpha males and trouble is brewing.

Quickly Macartacus and Keano are at loggerheads with the great warrior complaining that the battleground is too hard, the weapons for the looming battle haven’t arrived on the island and the soldiers have been indulging in too much wining and dining and not enough training for the impending battle. Thus ensues a civil war of titanic proportions that sees the nation torn apart with citizens adopting sides with either Keano or Macartacus.

The Main Players in I Keano

Keano Roy Keane Macartacus Mick McCarthy
Quinness Niall Quinn Fergie Alex Ferguson
Surfia Gillian Quinn Bonnerus Packie Bonner
Ridiculus Head of the FAI Dunphia Eamon Dunphy
Duffus Damien Duff Keano the Younger Robbie Keane

The Writers of I Keano

Arthur Matthews has written for a wide number of television shows including Father Ted, The Griff Rhys Jones Show and Harry Enfield and Chums.

Best-seller writer Michael Nugent wrote Dear John with Sam Smyth. He also wrote Absurdly Yours; the Michael Nugent Letters and Ireland on the Internet: the Definitive Guide.

Besides being a writer, Paul Woodfull is also a musician and performer. He created Joshua Trio, a U2 send-up band. He also formed the Glam Tarts and Abbaesque.

Saipan Conclusions

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Saipan Table of Contents Roy Keane & Eamon Dunphy
Saipan Introduction Roy Keane & Cork
Methodology Keane’s Aversion to Being Away From Home
Saipan Conclusions Roy Keane’s Relationship with Ireland
Roy Keane – Mick McCarthy Relationship Roy Keane – Zenith Data Systems Cup
Roy Keane Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Jack Charlton Relationship
Mick McCarthy Version of Saipan Incident 1 Roy Keane’s Flawed Character
Mick McCarthy Version of Saipan Incident 2 Roy Keane’s Good Character
Niall Quinn Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Footballer
Jason McAteer Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Team Captain
Matt Holland Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Family Man
Roy Keane & Saipan – The Backdrop Roy Keane & Faking Injury
Roy Keane & Saipan – The Issues Roy Keane – Bad Boy
Keane / McCarthy Boston Row 1992 Roy Keane – Career Lows
Keane Misses Iran Playoff Game Roy Keane – Red Cards etc
Keane Misses Niall Quinn Testimonial Roy Keane – Cruciate Injury
Countdown to Saipan Incident Roy Keane & Alf-Inge Haaland
Roy Keane Saipan Tirade at Mick McCarthy Roy Keane & Gareth Southgate Red Card
Roy Keane / Tom Humphries Saipan Interview 1 Roy Keane & Alan Shearer Red Card
Keane / Humphries Saipan Interview 2 Roy Keane / Alex Ferguson Relationship 1
Roy Keane / Irish Times Saipan Interview 3 Roy Keane & Sir Alex Ferguson 2
Roy Keane / Paul Kimmage Saipan Interview 1 Roy Keane & Charity
Keane / Kimmage Saipan Interview 2 Roy Keane & Autobiography Contradictions 1
Roy Keane / Sunday Independent Saipan Interview 3 Roy Keane & Contradictions 2
Roy Keane / Tommie Gorman Interview 1 Roy Keane – Integrity
Roy Keane / Tommy Gorman Interview 2 Roy Keane – International Matches
Roy Keane / RTE Interview 3 Roy Keane – Football Record
FAI Involvement in Saipan Affair Roy Keane & Sandwiches
Saipan Reaction of Irish Players Roy Keane – Walker
Mick McCarthy – ‘crap player, crap manager’ Saipan – Pacific Island
Roy Keane / Mick McCarthy Playing Record I Keano – The Musical
Colin Healy – Forgotten Man of Saipan Roy Keane – Football Manager
Saipan Ten Years Later Roy Keane’s Dog Triggs
Roy Keane’s Autobiography Saipan Bibiliography


Roy Keane – View Seven Years After Saipan
Football Quotes about Saipan


Triggs – The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog
Ireland at 2002 World Cup Finals – Irish 2002 World Cup Squad – Irish Group Matches
Ireland V Cameroon – Ireland V Germany – Ireland V Saudi Arabia – Ireland V Spain