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The Lilac Ribbon


  • Playwright

    Lynn Doyle 

  • Notes

    The cast/ character lists for this entry are drawn from reviews of the premiere production. As such, cast size details should be taken as approximate.

  • Synopsis

    Kate Keenan, a servant, is being pursued by two suitors, Dick Murray and William McKeown. The former is the more attractive, but the latter considered a steadier option, and Kate has to choose between the two. Murray, a ploughman, offers her a brooch, but on discovering it inscribed to another woman, she throws it away in disgust. Meanwhile McKeown, a most enthusiastic ploughman, purchases a lilac ribbon on which Kate has set her heart. Rather than a gift for her, however, he intends it for his horse's bridle at a ploughing championship. On discovering this, Kate decides to keep courting and marry neither.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Kate Marion Crimmins
Unspecified Character(s) Norman Gray
Unspecified Character(s) Charles K. Ayre
Unspecified Character(s) William Black
Unspecified Character(s) Willie Mulhall

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Lilac Ribbon

  • 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 reviews of the premiere production, and from Margaret McHenry's 'The Ulster Theatre in Ireland'