The Legend of Molly Maguire

In the early 1800s, when the Catholics in Ireland are being persecuted, an unsung heroine emerges, a feisty young lass who must forego her choice between two suitors to seek justice from a corrupt English Baron and his son for the murders of her parents and others.

After the Great Famine scattered the Irish around the world, they brought with them a secret society called the Molly Maguires that stood up for the rights of their own in places like the factories of Liverpool and the coal mines of Pennsylvania. This covert order had its roots a half century earlier in the brave fight of its namesake against the cruel oppression of the English.

Following a grievance with the local ruling Baron over clamming rights, Molly’s father, Conor, a fisherman and clan leader, goes missing. When Conor’s draft horse returns to their cottage, Molly’s mother, Clodagh, ventures out in the teeming rain and finds his cart hidden in the brush.

Clodagh seeks out the new constable in the town of Sligo, just as residents of a neighboring coastal community are bringing in her husband’s body they recently found washed ashore.

After the wake, Clodagh becomes ill and passes away. Molly takes over her mother’s class, tutoring a handful of youths from the clan, an act strictly forbidden to Catholics at the time. Among her students is a ruggedly handsome suitor named Seamus.

There’s more trouble when another of her students, young Master Timothy, goes missing, and his father is found hanged from a tree next to his burned out still. When Molly discovers Timothy has been interned in one of the new workhouses for the poor, she and Seamus break in to free him. She’s seen by one of the guards, is arrested and must stand trial for her freedom.

Oddly, Seamus disappears, and Molly’s life becomes even more complicated when her wealthy Protestant solicitor confesses his love for her. But first Molly must find a way to avoid prison and seek vengeance upon the Baron and his son, before she can settle her affairs of the heart.

In contrast to the cruel British persecution, the screenplay depicts Ireland’s quaint traditions, colloquialisms and humor in scenes that transport the audience from a quaint country cottage nestled in the Irish highlands to medieval castles, Celtic Games, Buckingham Palace and the Cliffs of Moher. This epic tale begs for authentic period costumes and a rousing music score.

  • Thomas Lyndon Snow
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  • 2nd Place - 2019 Cannes Screenplay Contest - Historical
    Cannes, France
    April 5, 2019
    2nd Place - 2019 Historical Script
  • quarterfinalist in the 2019 Scriptapalooza competition
    July 21, 2019
  • 2021 Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards
    Santa Barbara, CA
    August 2, 2021
    Honorable Mention and ranked 9 out of 10 for Marketability
Writer Biography - Thomas Lyndon Snow

In 2012, T. L. (Tom) Snow brought his Australian wife and daughter back to the U.S., where he continues to hone his screenwriting skills.

He remains active in California’s Central Coast writing community by shepherding new critique groups, such as his new one for screenwriters called Take Two, and coaching budding authors on the various aspects of writing, publishing and marketing. His stint on the board of San Luis Obispo’s premier authors’ guild, SLO NightWriters, afforded him the opportunity to run their 25th annual Golden Quill Awards and sit on the committee for Cuesta College’s 30th anniversary of its Central Coast Writer’s Conference.

Tom has appeared on local radio shows and has presented to various organizations. He devotes his time to his writing projects, including screenplays, novels, short stories, blogs, contest entries and article submissions to local publications.

His screenplay, The Legend of Molly Maguire, recently won 2nd prize for the Historical genre at the 2019 Cannes Screenplay Contest.

Other screenplays being judged this year include Taking off the Gloves, Mammon’s Bidding, Voodoo and the Mime and No Indulto.

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