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Tarry Flynn


  • Playwright

    Conall Morrison 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Patrick Kavanagh 

  • Author Notes

    An Adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh's original novel of the same title.

  • Setting

    In and around the townland of Drumnay, Co. Cavan, 1935.

  • Synopsis

    Set in Cavan in the 1930s, Tarry Flynn tells the story of Tarry, a farmer poet, and his quest for big fields, young women and the meaning of life. His sensibility is torn between two impulses: the poetic and the libidinous. We follow his adventures as he uncovers the beauty in every aspect of nature and farm life, all the while keeping up his desperate campaign to get a kiss.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production additional unspecified parts were played by members of the cast.


Original Cast  
Rory O'Coigly Eugene O'Brien
Bridie Flynn Helen Norton
Dan McNello Jack Walsh
May Callan Karen Ardiff
Mick Magee Jonathan Shankey
Molly Brady Lynn Cahill
Mary Reilly Mary O'Driscoll
Billy Brennan Eric Lacey
Aggie Flynn Deirdre Molloy
Fr Anthony Des Nealon
Charlie Traynor Brian Doherty
Harry McGeogh Steve Blount
Joe Finnegan Vincent McCabe
Assumpta Finnegan Muirne Bloomer
Jemmy Carlin Tony Flynn
Watty Gernon Jayne Snow
Uncle Petey Niall O'Brien(1)
Eusebius Don Wycherley
Petey Meegan Derry Power
Larry Finnegan Marc O'Shea
Fr Daly Barry Cassin
Mother Pauline Flanagan
Maggie Finnegan Kathleen Barrington
Mrs Callan Máire Ní Ghráinne
Father Philip Judge
Mary Flynn Cathy White
Emma Justine Doswell
Paddy Corbett David Collins
Tarry James Kennedy(2)
Production Team  
Director Conall Morrison
Designer Francis O'Connor
Lighting Nick McCall
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Choreographer David Bolger
Special Effects Ron Palmer
Special Effects David Negal
Special Effects Tony O'Riordan
Stage Director Finola Eustace
Assistant Stage Manager Catriona Behan
Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Programme Total Print and Design
Singing Coach David Wray


  • Contact

    Conall Morrison

  • Address

    c/o The National Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St,
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Conall Morrison

  • Address

    c/o The National Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St,
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.