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The Best of Motives


  • Playwright

    Sean Dowling 

  • Synopsis

    In this historical piece, Dowling, through the characters in the Byrne family home, presents the pros and cons of the consequences of the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty in 1921, with tragic results.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Various Characters Geraldine Plunkett
Mrs Byrne Eileen Crowe
Syl Byrne Vincent Dowling
Various Characters Pat Layde
Ballad Singer Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Tom O'Toole Micheál Ó Briain
Mr. Malony Geoff Golden
Captain Paddy Daly Edward Golden
Various Characters Bill Foley
Mr. Campbell Harry Brogan
Tess Byrne Aideen O'Kelly
Monica Butler Angela Newman
Various Characters Peadar Lamb
Kit Byrne Donal McCann
Various Characters Des Cave
Maggie O'Toole Joan O'Hara
George Campbell Stephen Rea
Various Characters Pat Laffan
Various Characters Seán Ó Floinn
Production Team  
Settings by Brian Collins
Produced by Frank Dermody

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