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King of the Barna Men


  • Playwright

    George Fitzmaurice 

  • Synopsis

    Dermot encounters the son of the Hag of Barna in youth and is given the ointment blue which makes him champion at all sports, crowned as ‘King of Barna’. He is finally rejected by the hag (the Linnaun Shee) but wins a wife who is not only royal but rich on her own account.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Maureen Nuala Hayes
Crowd Member Fedelma Cullen
Dermot Des Cave
King Seamus Forde
Crowd Member Virginia Cole
Hag Áine Ní Mhuirí
Lady in Waiting Fiona Victory
Jew Desmond Ellis
Polsh Biddy McGrath
Crowd Member Mary Carlisle
Roisin Sabena O'Doherty
Crowd Member Sinead Woods (2)
Queen Peggy Hayes
Cormac Paddy O'Callaghan
Aeneas Carty Eamon Keane
Teig Bill Kearney
Donacha John O'Flaherty
Bishop Thomas Studley
First Merchant Micheál Ó Conghaile(1)
Irish Irelander Breandán Ó Murchú
Father Moore Eamonn Ó Ceallacháin
Lady in Waiting Maria McGuire
Lady in Waiting Áine McAvenue
Crowd Member Helene Quinn
Crowd Member Mairtín Ó Braonáin
Crowd Member Cormac Woods
Crowd Member Francesca Sydner
Crowd Member Eamonn Ó Morchú
Crowd Member Cyril Maud
Crowd Member Padraig de Buis
Crowd Member Nuala Woods
Crowd Member Mary O'Gorman
Crowd Member Robert Brown
Production Team  
Set Designer Brian Collins
Lighting Designer Tony Wakefield
Producer Seán Cotter
Sound Nuala Golden
Sound Terry Gallivan
Choreographer Bernie Keogh
Manager Ronan Wilmot
Assistant Producer Bríd Ní Shúilleabháin
Stage Manager Tommy Woods

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume Two ( Introduced by Howard K. Slaughter)

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  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The George Fitzmaurice Society

  • Address

    c/o Fiona Brennan (trustee)
    Knocknagree, County Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    087 6494409

  • Email


Source Of Information

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