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Thompson in Tir-na-n-Og

A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    Gerald Macnamara 

  • Notes

    This play was first published by Talbot Press, Dublin in 1912.

  • Synopsis

    A satire in which Thompson, an Orangeman, is accidently blown up by his own gun at the annual Sham Battle at Scarva. When he wakes up he finds himself in Tir-na-n-Og, the land of Gaelic-speaking mythical heroes. Suspicious of this English-speaking newcomer, the heroes decide to put him on trial. In the process they reveal the degree of their mutual ignorance and incomprehension of each other's traditions.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
High King Jackson Grahame
Finn Norman Gray
Angus C.J. Abbey
Cuchulain Charles K. Ayre
Maev Kathleen Lawrence
Grania Evelyn Fitzgerald
Conan Joseph Roney

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of Gerald MacNamara, Special Edition, Journal of Irish Literature, 17

  • Year


  • Published By

    Proscenium Press

  • Address

    Newark, Delaware

  • Title

    Its Own Way of Things: The Enthusiast by Lewis Purcell and Thompson in Tir-na-nOg by Gerald MacNamara

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • ISBN


Rights Information

  • Copyright Expired

Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from Sam Hanna Bell's 'The Theatre in Ulster', reviews of the premiere production, and from the original published script as indicated.