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Old Road

A play in three acts by Michael J Molloy. Prize-winning play in the recent Abbey Theatre Play Competition.


  • Playwright

    Michael Joseph (M.J.) Molloy 

  • Setting

    The kitchen of Walsh's farmhouse on the Galway side of the Galway-Mayo border. Spring-Autumn 1939.

  • Synopsis

    Molloy's first play deals with how the well-established pattern of emigration from West of Ireland small holdings is affected as war gets underway in Europe.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Myles Cosgrave Cyril Cusack
Patrick Walsh F J McCormick
Mrs Callaghan Maureen Delaney
Mary Kennedy Maureen O'Sullivan
Sergeant Fred Johnson
William Duffy Eric Gorman
'Bodagh' Merrigan Brian O'Higgins
Luke Sweeney Michael J. Dolan
Brigid McDonagh Brid Lynch
Paak Merrigan Denis O'Dea
Production Team  
Settings by Michael Clarke (2)
Produced by Frank Dermody
Stage Manager Udolphus Wright

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Old Road

  • Year


  • Published By

    Progress House

  • Address

    270 North Circular Road
    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email


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