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The Bird in the Net


  • Playwright

    Sean Dowling 

  • Setting

    Set in County Galway, 1914.

  • Synopsis

    Sir William D'Arcy has invited his protegé, Micheál Tyrell, a peasant poet, to his mansion. Tyrell is on leave from the battlefields of France and dressed in a British Uniform. Irish Rebels ambush the mansion and capture D'Arcy and Tyrell. When they are released Tyrell decides to return to the battlefield where he is eventually killed. He has left behind his poetry, which his mother gives to the D'Arcy family. Sir William's daughter, Felicity, urges her father to burn the poems because of the rebellious nature of the work, thus dushonouring the poet's name and his gesture to the family.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Volunteer O'Grady Peadar Lamb
Sir William D'Arcy, Bart. Ray McAnally
Commandant Mulvey Bill Foley
Captain 'Jo-Boy' Regan Edward Golden
John Meehan Micheál Ó Briain
County Inspector Harmsworth, R.I.C. Philip O'Flynn
Mrs. Tyrell Marie Kean
Felicity Doreen Madden
Lieutenant Micheál Tyrell D.S.O. Vincent Dowling
R.I.C. man Frainc MacMornáin
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Ria Mooney


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