On 30 October Farmleigh House hosted the opening of an exhibition on the life of the playwright Seán O’Casey. The exhibition explores the themes of rebellion and conflict that permeate O’Casey’s life and work: his involvement in the 1913 lockout; his politically charged ‘Dublin Trilogy’ (The Shadow of a Gunman, The Plough and the Stars and Juno and the Paycock); his conflicts with the Abbey Theatre over its rejection of his First World War play The Silver Tassie; and controversies involving the Catholic Church. The exhibits are drawn from the Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh and are comprised of first editions of O’Casey’s printed works and correspondence from the papers of the former director of the Abbey, Lennox Robinson, which are held at the Benjamin Iveagh Library, Farmleigh House.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of lectures and performances. For details, click here.