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Look at the Heffernans!

A Comedy in Three Acts, by Brinsley MacNamara


  • Playwright

    Brinsley MacNamara 

  • Setting

    The action passes at the present time, more or less, and in County Meath, between one Sunday in Spring and the next, at the house of James Heffernan in Garradice and at the shop of Molloy & Co., in Sheepstown.

  • Notes

    A sequel by the same author 'Marks and Mabel' was staged at the Abbey in August 1945.

  • Synopsis

    Comedy concerning the various fortunes and love lives of the Heffernan family. The title is a well-known proverb that can be taken to mean a multitude of things, but here it points to the Heffernan's cuteness when it comes to affairs of business and matrimony.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Cast  
Alice Heffernan Ria Mooney
James Heffernan Michael J. Dolan
Marsella Molloy Eileen Crowe
Festus Darby F J McCormick
Paul Heffernan Barry Fitzgerald
Sydney Heffernan Tony Quinn (1)
Roseanne Rooney Shelah Richards
Ignatius Crinnion Gabriel J. Fallon
Marks Heffernan P.J. Carolan
Mabel Scally Beatrice Toal
Tessie Malone Alice Kelly
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Assistant Producer Arthur Shields
Stage Manager Arthur Shields


  • Title

    "Look at the Heffernans!" : (a comedy in three acts) by Brinsley MacNamara

  • Year


  • Published By

    Talbot Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Weldon

  • Address

    16 Eglinton Wood
    Eglinton Road, Donnybrook
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 283 9838


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