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The Cursing Fields

A play in five acts by Andrew Ganly


  • Playwright

    Andrew Ganly 

  • Setting

    The Beauforts' small drawing-room and the Herlihys' kitchen - Summer 1879, Spring 1880, Autumn 1880, Summer 1881, Winter 1881.

  • Synopsis

    Evictions and reprisals ensue as the landlord and tenant classes battle through the period of Land League agitation.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Miss Ruth Beaufort Phyllis Ryan
Nanny Finucan Ria Mooney
Old John Herlihy Michael J. Dolan
Mr Tom Barry Brian O'Higgins
Kate Herlihy May Craig
Mrs Madeleine Beaufort Eileen Crowe
Mag Sheridan Bríd Ní Loinsigh (1)
Mr James Harnett Fred Johnson
Mrs Maureen Barry Josephine Fitzgerald
The Maid Maureen O'Sullivan
Mr Henry Beaufort Liam Redmond
The Nurse Maureen Delaney
Bart Harry Webster
Sir George Oliver Harry Webster
Mr Richard Dudley F J McCormick
Johnny Finucan Denis O'Dea
Michael Flynn Austin Meldon
Miss Irene Beaufort Joan Plunkett
Peter Herlihy William O'Gorman
Production Team  
Set Designer Michael Clarke (2)
Produced by Frank Dermody
Stage Manager Udolphus Wright


  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.