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Crusaders

A play in two acts by Bernard McCarthy

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    J. Bernard MacCarthy 

  • Setting

    Stephen Moran's parlour and a room in the National Hotel; the present.

  • Synopsis

    A young priest, Tom Moran, returns to the town where his parents live and embarks on an anti-drink crusade.His parents, however, have entered the liquor trade and this is now their sole source of income. They plead with him to stop his crusade for fear that they will lose their livelihood. Fr Moran relents when he learns that his brother, who has been caught embezzling money, will be jailed unless their parents manage to save up enough money through their beer-selling enterprise to pay off his debts. The priest gives up his mission in order to allow the honour of the family to be restored.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    11

  • Cast Size Female

    2

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Michael Hayes Eric Gorman
Barney Doyle Barry Fitzgerald
Pat Arthur Shields
Rev Canon Kelly, PP Peter Nolan
Tessie Irene Kelly
Father Tom Moran Fred O'Donovan (1)
Mr Hammon Fred Harford
Rev Mr Roycroft W Earle Grey
Edward Sheedy Louis O'Connor
Steve Moran J Augustus Keogh
Kate Moran Eileen O'Doherty
Reporter J M Carre
Thade Mulligan Frank Fay
Production Team  
Produced by J Augustus Keogh

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Crusaders, a play in two acts, by J.Bernard McCarthy

  • Year

    1918

  • Published By

    Maunsel

  • Address

    Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

    info@nli.ie

  • Website

    www.nli.ie

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

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.