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Love and Land

A play in four acts


  • Playwright

    Lynn Doyle 

  • Notes

    A note in the published script says this play was later produced as 'Persevering Pat' at the Little Theatre, Adelphi, Strand, on March 13, 1925.

  • Synopsis

    On inheriting land and money, sheepish County Down bachelor Peter O'Hare becomes the target of two different families seeking to make good matches for their respective daughters. With his housekeeper Widow Dougherty turning advisor, but also seeking a proposal for herself, Peter is taken on a whirlwind of offer, counter-offer and refusal. Eventually, the situation proves so confusing that he slips away to emigrate to America, only announcing the sale of his farm and escape to the village by telegram.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mary O'Connor Marion Crimmins
Hughey Rogan Rutherford Mayne
Rose Dorrian Mary Crothers
Widow Dougherty Margaret O'Gorman
Thomas Dorrian Charles K. Ayre
Peter O'Hare J.G. Abbey
Billy Rourke Lawrence McLarnon
Pat Murphy Robert Gorman
Brian O'Connor Joseph Roney

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Love and Land

  • Year


  • Published By

    Talbot Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Lynn Doyle Archive, Belfast Central Library

  • Address

    Belfast Ulster and Irish Studies Department,
    Royal Avenue
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    +44 (0)28 9050 9150

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from Margaret McHenry's 'The Ulster Theatre in Ireland', from the published script and from reviews of the premiere production.