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  • Playwright

    Pádhraig Ó Giollagáin 

  • Setting

    Birmingham, Sasana.

  • Synopsis

    A play about the loneliness of exile and a nostalgia for the native townland. It is set in Birmingham around a group of Irish emigrants whose lives consist of digging trench after trench on mile after mile of English road. These men rape a young Irish girl in a public park. They discover she is pregnant – and one of them might be the father – but one man, Mac Dara, takes on the responsibility and manages to collect £70 a week from his colleagues to be given until the baby is born. The man among them whom the baby most resembles will be forced to marry her. The girl seeks to have an abortion by a drunken doctor but the doctor is beaten up by the men and the baby is born.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    27 May 1969

  • Production Notes

    Faoi choimirce An Damer.

  • Producer

    Produced by An Damer

  • Original Venue

    The Damer Hall/An Damer

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Rinneadh léamh ar an dráma seo ar stáitse na Péacóige sula ndearnadh an stáitsiú seo air.

Original Cast  
Ma Boshell Maura O'Sullivan
Macdara Ó Flatharta Micheál Ó Conghaile(1)
An Bhean sa Laundrette Máirín Duraic
Zebra Colm Ó Carra
Beowulf Boshell Séamus Ó Tuama
Reilly Bearnard Mac Donncha
Duine Eile Seán Ó Laoire
Brown Noel Ó Briain
Tomeen Clohessy Con Ó Seaghdha
Duine Eile Máire de Búrca
Ali Gearóid W. Lumsden
Sail Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir
Rodney Smathers Séamus Óg Ó Tuama
Duine Eile Pádraig Ó Gríofa
Duine Eile Pádraig Ó Donnchadha
Duine Eile Seosamh Ó Diolúin
Duine Eile Ray Ó Cinnéide
Duine Eile Ina Ní Rodáin
Duine Eile Cáit Ní Loingsigh
Duine Eile Críostóir Weir
Duine Eile Antóin Ó Maoltuille
Duine Eile Séamus Stanbridge
Duine Eile Breandán Ó Ciarba
Duine Eile Tomás Ó Ceallaigh
Production Team  
Director Noel Ó Briain
Stage Manager Nóirlín Ní Dhuibhir
Stage Manager Sinéad Cól
Stage Manager Máire Ní Phurtéil
Stage Manager Maev Nic Giolla Íosa
Designer Noel Ó Briain


  • Contact

    An Comhlachas Náisiúnta Drámaíochta

  • Address

    Tulach na hÉigse
    Camus Conamara
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00353 91 574 146

  • Website


  • Not Found


Fuarthas an t-eolas seo ón gclár don chéad léiriú, ó Stair Dhrámaíocht na Gaeilge 1900-1970 le P Ó Siadhail agus ó ghearrthóga nuachta.