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  • Playwright

    Maurice Davin-Power 

  • Setting

    Set in Ireland in the 12th Century.

  • Synopsis

    This pageant retells the story of Strongbow's relationship with Ireland. Having been deposed as King of Leinster, Dermot MacMurrough returns to Ireland. Whilst away he sought help from English barons. Richard de Clare (known as Strongbow) agreed to lead an army to restore Dermot to his throne on the understanding that he will marry Dermot's daughter and become king of Leinster when Dermot dies.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    29 September 1974

  • Production Notes

    In Association With Nora Lever Productions.
  • Producer

    Presented by Dublin Theatre Festival

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Produced in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

Original Cast  
Various Characters Paddy Scully
Roderick O'Connor Jim O'Shaughnessy
King Henry II Frank Purcell
Humphrey De Bohun Terence Healy
William Fitzaudelin Frank Prenton Jones
Page of King Henry Catherine Kirwan
Singer Catherine Gaughan
Bell Ringer Lesley Coady
Various Characters Maureen Kavanagh
Various Characters Eileen D'Arcy
Various Characters Philip Jones
Various Characters Middleton Davies
Various Characters Roger Pickett
Various Characters Fred Dean
Various Characters Arthur Hughes
Various Characters William Macken
Various Characters Charles Percival
Eileen, Eva's Nurse Eileen Cranitch
Conor Derek Grant
Robert De Barry Michael Grennell
Various Characters Lorcan Cranitch
Musician Ellen Cranitch
Raymond Le Gros Pascal Perry
Laurence O'Toole Alec Doran
Maurice O'Regan Vincent Smith
Strongbow Conor Evans
Tiernan O'Rourke Cecil Sheehan
Mor Maura Keeley
Eva Madelyn Erskine
Various Characters Mary O'Hanlon
Stephen John Kelly (2)
Dermot McMurrough Jim Mooney
Devorgilla Meryl Gourley
Milo De Cogan RIchard Oliver
Stephen De Bourgh Robert Jones (2)
Various Characters William Seymour
Production Team  
Director Nora Lever
Lighting Nora Lever
Costume Consultant John Morley
Stage Manager Brenda Wilde
PR Gladys MacNevin

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

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