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Full Measure

A Play in Two Acts by Kathleen O'Brennan


  • Playwright

    Kathleen O'Brennan 

  • Setting

    The scene is laid in a small town in West Kerry.
    The back parlour of Batty Quinlan's shop. Nora Murtagh's Kitchen.

  • Synopsis

    The impact on a Kerry community of excessive emigration is the theme here as Nora Murtagh, a farmer's widow sees the last of her seven sons get ready for the boat to America.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Patsy Riordan Michael J. Dolan
Jinny Sullivan Deirdre McAuliffe
Ellen Kate Curling
Villager T. Moran
Maurice O'Grady Michael Scott (1)
Batty Quinlan P.J. Carolan
Villager Michael Clarke (1)
Father Hurley John Stephenson (1)
Nora Murtagh Sara Allgood
Martin O'Grady Peter Nolan
Dan Murtagh Arthur Shields
Micky Sheehan Barry Fitzgerald
Timmy Foley F J McCormick
Debby Quinlan Maureen Delaney
Peggy Murtagh Eileen Crowe
Tadgh Mahony Eric Gorman
Villager May Craig
Villager Walter Dillon
Production Team  
Set Designer D. Travers Smith
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Set Painter D. Travers Smith

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

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Source Of Information

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