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Strange Occurence on Ireland's Eye


  • Playwright

    Denis Johnston 

  • Setting

    Set in Dublin Castle and the Central Criminal Court in 1937.

  • Synopsis

    Drawing on his experience as a barrister and the true story of a murder trial in 1852, Denis Johnston explores the question of whether the justice system can be fallible. When an artist's wife dies in mysterious circumstances on Ireland's Eye he is charged with her murder, and is convicted after his adulterous relationship with another woman is revealed. The prosecuting police officer is faced with a dilemma when evidence appears that might exonerate the man, and in the end relents.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
John Geo Smyly, SC T.P. McKenna
Mrs. Margaret Campbell Marie Kean
Sergeant Fell Pat Layde
Moira Brew Doreen Madden
Various Characters Traolach Ó hAonghusa
Brendan Brew Vincent Dowling
Various Characters Eithne Lydon
Mrs. Adelaide Crowe Eileen Crowe
M. Curran, BL Pádraig Ó Lúing
Tipstaff Padraig Mac Gabhann
Various Characters Roibeird Mac Comaidh
R. A. Walker Tomás Mac Anna
William Kenmis Philip O'Flynn
John Penefeather B.L. Peadar Lamb
Foreman of the Jury Derry Power
Chief Superintendent J. Brownrigg Ray McAnally
Dr. Teresa Mary Kenny Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Mr. Justice Crampton Harry Brogan
Patrick Nangle Bill Foley
Isaac Butt, SC Edward Golden
William Burke Kirwan Geoff Golden
Sergeant Sherwood Micheál Ó Briain
George Hatchell Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Various Characters Ruairi Mac Giolla Coille
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Ria Mooney
Stage Manager Sean Mooney(2)

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Micheal Johnston

  • Address

    20 Burdett Avenue, Sandycove
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

Source Of Information

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