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A Priest in the Family


  • Playwright

    Kieran Tunney  John Synge 

  • Setting

    Set in Kate Murphy's Public House in a small town in Southern Ireland from 1947 - 1949.

  • Synopsis

    Mrs. Murphy is a hardworking woman who has made enough money from farming to buy a small pub. She has sacrificed her elder son's ambition to join the priesthood by insisting he labour on the farm. He becomes a drunk. Having made some money, Mrs Murphy now desires respectability and so forces the younger son into the priesthood and away from the girl he loves.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    17 September 1951

  • Production Notes

    Subsequently played at the Westminister Theatre, London in October 1951.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

Original Cast  
Carrie Donovan Maire O'Neill (2)
Rory Murphy Ronnie Walsh
Patrick Molloy John MacDarby
Shelagh O'Connor Sheila Manahan
Sean Murphy Joseph O'Connor(2)
Norah Black Sheila Ward
Kate Murphy Maureen Delaney
Production Team  
Director Andre Van Gyseghem
Settings by Richard Lake

Published Scripts

  • Title

    A Priest In The Family: A Play in Two Acts

  • Year


  • Published By

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