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Baintighearna an Ghorta


  • Playwright

    Séamus de Bhilmot 

  • Setting

    Paróiste Dhruimshléibhe in iarthar na hÉireann, 1847. An gorta ag scrios na tíre.

  • Synopsis

    A miracle play about a parish priest who wants to spend money on erecting a statue to "The Lady of the Famine" for her protection. Others want a more practical solution to their plight. A stranger arrives and offers to buy the statue for £300 and the priest realises that it is the devil. Just then a child runs in to say that a lady, identical to the lady of the statue, is outside giving bread to the poor.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Duine Eile Finbar Howard
Máire Ní Chuisteallaigh Bríd Ní Loinsigh (1)
Strainséir Denis O'Dea
Duine Eile Thomas O'Gorman
Duine Eile Seán Ó Tuama
Sagart Micheál Ó Beirn
Saicriosta Peadar Ó Donnchadha
Seáinín Ó Súilleabháin Vincent Mahoney
An Fear Óg Pádraig Ó Cearnaigh
Duine Eile Máire Nic Giolla Mhartain
Duine Eile Sighle Nic Dhonnchadha
Duine Eile Máire Ní Thuama
Duine Eile Máirín Ní Chuilleanáin
Production Team  
Director Frank Dermody
Set Designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch


  • Published in Irish as

  • Title

    Baintighearna an Ghorta

  • Year


  • Published By

    Oifig an tSoláthair

  • Address

    An Rannóg Post-Tráchta, 51 Faiche Stiabhna
    Baile Átha Cliath 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    01 6476000 / 1890 213434

  • Email


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Oifig an tSoláthair

  • Address

    52 Faiche Stiabhna
    Baile Átha Cliath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    01-6476000; 1890 213434

  • Email


Fuarthas an t-eolas faoin bhfoireann ó leabhar Lennox Robinson, Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 agus an t-eolas faoi ábhar an dráma ó thráchtas neamhfhoilsithe Uí Shiadhail.