Given the difficulties with accessioning at the time, much of the material is of unknown provenance.
The order is numerical.
The Collection consists of newspaper clippings, photographs of productions, posters and programmes.
The collection varies significantly in terms of production dates. It includes details – clippings, programmes, posters – dating from prizewinning productions in the 1950s, through to the 1960s and 1970s, which includes memorabilia from Listowel Drama Group productions through to the 1990s and the early 2000s.
Newspaper clippings consist of local and national broadsheet articles.
It includes some materials used by actors that are on exhibition in the John B. Keane room.
A significant donation by My. John Cahill, of an original 1959 script of Sive is also contained in this collection. Mr. Cahill was one of the cast.
It includes a typescript copy of Bryan MacMahon’s The Bugle in the Blood.
KWM.2016.0002 Newspaper clippings on Playboy of the Western World drama.
KWM.2016.0005 Photograph, colour of Listowel Drama Group
KWM.2016.0006 Programme, theatre, The Moonlighters, George Fitzmaurice.
KWM.2016.0007 Programme, theatre, The Bugle in the Blood, Brian McMahon.
KWM.2016.0068 Sive for Abbey Theatre article on first production.
KWM.2016.0069 Article on All-Ireland Drama Festival, May 8th 1954.
KWM.2016.0070 Article on the Drama Council of Ireland, May 21st 1955.
KWM.2016.0071 Newspaper cutting, District Justice wins best actor.
KWM.2016.0072 Abbey Fantasia on Rural Life, Article, Daily Mail, 1953.
KWM.2016.0073 Periodical, Results of All-Ireland Drama, 1st place, The Magic Glasses.
This was the Listowel Group’s first title in the one-act category and Directed by Brendan Carroll.
KWM.2016.0074 Awards in one-act category, First place Listowel D.G., The Magic Glasses.
KWM.2016.0075 Periodical, Article on Scariff, Co. Clare to build a theatre.
KWM.2016.0076 Periodicals, Bachelors in Twilight, Herald Newspaper, 1953.
KWM.2016.0077 Periodicals, Irish Times, 1953, Review of play M.J. Molloy, The Wood of the Whispering.
KWM.2016.0078 Periodicals, Evening Press 1955, Amateurs should experiment more.
KWM.2016.0079 Periodicals, Review, Sive, Play performance article 1959.
KWM.2016.81.01 Periodicals, Schedule for All-Ireland Amateur Drama Festival, Athlone. These 2 articles were written following John B. Keane’s success in 1959.
KWM.2016.81.02 Periodicals, An Tóstal Drama Festival, list of productions.
KWM.2016.0082 Periodicals, Niall Carroll on theatre’s amateurs and a workshop Thomas MacAnna.
KWM.2016.0083 Periodicals, List of awards, first place Listowel Dram Group The Magic Glasses, 1954.
KWM.2016.0084 Periodicals, Western Drama Festival Awards, 1954.
KWM.2016.0085 Periodicals, Mention of Listowel Drama Group production The Paddy Pedlar in 1953. This was one of the first amateur productions of the play.
KWM.2016.0086 Periodicals, For the play Red Owen, colour scene was Connemara.
KWM.2016.0087 Periodicals, Irish Independent, April 1960, positive review of The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0088 Periodicals, Evening Press Article, critical review of Sive by J.B. Keane 1960.
KWM.2016.0089 Periodicals, Kerryman Newspaper, The Golden Folk sparkled at Cork Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0090 Periodicals, Irish Independent, Views differ on Sive, April 1960.
KWM.2016.0091 Periodicals, Evening Herald, 1960, MacMahon play, ‘mystery of first act coughing.’
KWM.2016.0092 Photograph Black/White, Young girl on a swing.
KWM.2016.0093 Irish Times, 1960, positive review of play The later days are cold, by unknown playwright thought to be from Listowel.
To correct the accession entry, this play was by Colman O’Shannon, a pseudonym for a Fr. O’Keeffe. The play, a one-act, was a very popular one on the circuit and performed on the circuit by Kerry groups, including Brosna and Asdee Players.
KWM.2016.0094 All-Ireland Drama Festival, Irish Independent, 1960 article.
KWM.2016.0095 Kerry play at Athlone creates a sensation, Evening Press, 1960.
KWM.2016.0096 Evening Herald Newspaper, 1960. Article on The Later Days are Cold.
KWM.2016.0097 Evening Press Newspaper, 1960. Review Sharon’s Grave at All-Ireland.
KWM.2016.0098 Evening Herald, 1960, positive review of The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0099 Evening Press Newspaper, “Play a total failure”, review.
KWM.2016.0100 Evening Herald, 1960, critical review of The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0101 Kerryman 1960. Listowel bids for Drama Honours.
KWM.2016.0102 Advertisement for production of Sive.
KWM.2016.0104 The Standard Newspaper, 1954, Article on George Fitzmaurice.
KWM.2016.0105 The Standard, 1953, comparison between The Quiet Man and Hans Christian Anderson.
KWM.2016.0106 Newspaper article printed March 23rd, 1968, ‘Listowel Players stage a tribute to Patrick Kavanagh’. This refers to the production of Tarry Flynn which was entered in the Kerry Drama Festival that year. The Listowel Players were a breakaway group from the Listowel Drama Group, following the success of Sive in 1959.
KWM.2016.0107 Evening Press, 1960, review of The Golden Folk, Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0108 Kerryman, 1960, review of The Golden Folk, Bryan MacMahon play.
KWM.2016.0109 Evening Press, 1960, review of The Golden Folk, Bryan MacMahon play.
KWM.2016.0110 Evening Herald, 1960, review of Sive by J.B. Keane.
KWM.2016.0111 Irish Press, 1960, review of The Golden Folk, Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0112 Evening Herald, 1960, premier of The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0113 Kerryman, 1960, premier of The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0114 They say what they like, Sunday Independent, 1960, includes photo Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0115 Irish Independent, 1960, details opening of The Golden Folk, Listowel.
KWM.2016.0116 Irish Press, 1960, review of The Golden Folk play.
KWM.2016.0117 Evening Herald, 1960, review of The Golden Folk play.
KWM.2016.0118 Irish Independent, 1960, photograph, opening The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0119 Sunday Independent, 1960, review/description, The Golden Folk.
KWM.2016.0120 Kerryman, 1960, advertisements for upcoming play Sive.
KWM.2016.0121 Irish Press, 1960, Listowel will stage MacMahon work, article on casting American girl, Moira Murphy as character in play.
KWM.2016.0122 Evening Press, 1960, Sealed Lips: Great Stuff, article on B. MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0135 Programme (Theatre), for plays Maurice Harte and Paddy Pedlar, Sluagh Hall, Listowel, 1953.
KWM.2016.0144 Poster (Theatre), Halla Rialte Na Maidine, Listowel, mid-20th century.
KWM.2016.0168 Poster (Theatre), The Buds of Ballybunion, by J. B. Keane, 2014.
KWM.2016.0175 Programme (Theatre) for the production of The Colleen Bawn 2006.
KWM.2016.0178 Poster (Theatre) All Soul’s Night, by J. Tomelty, no date. Possibly 1958.
KWM.2016.0179 Poster (Theatre) Our Town by Thornton Wilder, handwritten, no date.
KWM.2016.0200 Programme (Theatre) The Honey Spike B. MacMahon, 1977/78.
KWM.2016.0279 Flyer for the play Sive Abbey Theatre Logo, the year is 1993.
KWM.2016.0294 Costume bun ring & pins from production of Sive by J. B. Keane.
KWM.2016.0297 Original script of Sive by J. B. Keane. Donated John Cahill
KWM.2016.0299 Sive by J. B. Keane, book bound with forward by Michael Ó hAodha (1959).
KWM.2016.0436 Programme (Theatre) Bryan MacMahon’s The Master, April 1993.
KWM.2016.0526 The Listowel Players present Big Maggie, 1970.
KWM.2016.0527 Lartigue Theatre Company presents Cuckoo Blue, 2011.
KWM.2016.0530 Listowel Drama Group presents Lend me A Tenor, 2004.
KWM.2016.0532 Lartigue Theatre Listowel presents The Communication Cord, 2004.
KWM.2016.0533 Lartigue Theatre presents John B. Keane The Musical, 2006.
KWM.2016.0569 .01 Cast photograph of Sive at the Abbey
(01, 02, 03) .02 Black and white photograph during a scene from the 1959 Sive production, at the Abbey
.03 Sive Play.
KWM.2016.0570 Theatre Programme for Sive at the Abbey, 1959.
KWM.2016.0604 Typewritten script of The Honey Spike, by Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0637 Programme for The Honey Spike, play by Bryan MacMahon, December 1993.
KWM.2016.0650 The Playboy of the Western World, 5th February 1951. Poster.
KWM.2016.0651 Poster, Listowel Drama Group presents The Golden Folk
KWM.2016.0653 Photograph. Eamon Kelly and Brendan O’Carroll at 40th anniversary of Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0654 Photograph of Madeleine O’Sullivan in Jack Furey by Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0655 Poster. 8th Annual Kerry Drama Festival, 12th June 1950.
KWM.2016.0656 Poster. 9th Annual Kerry Drama Festival. October 1951.
KWM.2016.0657 Photograph. Steven O’Donovan and Kay Culloty. The Spraying of John O’Dorey. Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0658 Black and white photograph of Michael Whelan.
KWM.2016.0659 Photograph. Catherine Stack in The Death of Biddy Early, 1990. Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0660 Photograph. Valerie Burke in The Death of Biddy Early, 1990.
KWM.2016.0661 Photograph. Rehearsal for The Time of The Whitehorn by Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0662 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Don’t Dress for Dinner, 2003.
KWM.2016.0663 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents The Bugle in The Blood by Bryan MacMahon, 2001.
KWM.2016.0664 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Two On A String.
KWM.2016.0665 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Anyone Could Rob a Bank, 1961.
KWM.2016.0666 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents The Moonlighters by George Fitzmaurice.
KWM.2016.0667 Poster. All – Ireland Drama Festival, Athlone. 1954.
KWM.2016.0668 Poster. Third All-Ireland Drama Festival, Athlone, 1955.
KWM.2016.0669 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents See How They Run.
KWM.2016.0670 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Canaries 1985.
KWM.2016.0671 Programme, Listowel Drama Group presents Them 1972.
KWM.2016.0672 Newspaper clipping, The Listowel Drama Group promises top-class presentation of Coffey play. 1972.
KWM.2016.0673 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Them 1972.
KWM.2016.0674 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Mungo’s Mansion 1948-49.
KWM.2016.0675 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents The Rugged Path 1949.
KWM.2016.0676 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Nano 1949.
KWM.2016.0677 Poster. Listowel Drama Group presents Nano St. Patrick’s Night, 1949.
KWM.2016.0678 Play. Prólóg Don Réim Nua. 1954.
KWM.2016.0679 Play. Journey’s End. Samuel French acting edition. 1929.
KWM.2016.0680 Play. The Plough and The Stars. 1932.
KWM.2016.0681 Play. The Whiteheaded Boy. 1955.
KWM.2016.0682 Play. Our Town. 1965.
KWM.2016.0682.01 Sheet. Opening/closing curtain remarks Our Town.
KWM.2016.0682.02 Sheet. Numbered curtain call for Our Town.
KWM.2016.0682.03 A4 sheet. Three hymns Bless Be the Tie, Art Thou Wear, Love Divine.
KWM.2016.0682.04 Two sheets. Cue/effect list for play.
KWM.2016.0682.05 A4 sheet. Drawn picture front and rear of stage.
KWM.2016.0682.06 Sheet. Opening/closing curtain speech supplement.
KWM.2016.0682.07 Paper sheet. Character/prop list for Our Town.
KWM.2016.0686 Play. III Met By Moonlight by Micheál Mac Liammóir. 1954.
KWM.2016.0687 Play. An Tincéar Agus An Tsidheóg by Douglas Hyde.
KWM.2016.0688 Play Bantighearna An Ghorta by Séamus De Bhilmot, 1944.
KWM.2016.0700 Play. Daughter From Over The Water by M. J. Molloy 1967.
KWM.2016.0701 Play. A Letter From The General by Maurice McLoughlin 1962.
KWM.2016.0722 Black and white photograph of a scene from The Magic Glasses by George Fitzmaurice.
Listowel Drama Group: Photographs from various productions from the 1970s.
KWM.2016.0723 Black and white photograph of Dancing at Lughnasa.
KWM.2016.0724 Black and white photograph of rehearsals of The Spraying of John O’Dorey by John B. Keane.
KWM.2016.0725 Black and white photograph. Scene from The Magic Glasses by George Fitzmaurice.
KWM.2016.0726 Black and white photography The Matter Owen McMahon and Madeline O’Sullivan.
KWM.2016.0727 Black and white photograph. 2 copies. Máire O’Connor in The Master by Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0728 Black and white photograph. Jim Halpin in Jack Furey.
KWM.2016.0729 Black and white photograph of unknown man.
KWM.2016.0730 Black and white photograph of Matt Mooney in The Master by Bryan MacMahon.
KWM.2016.0731 Photograph. Cast and production crew of I Do Not Like The Dr. Fell.
KWM.2016.0732 Black and white photography of Canaries by Bernard Farrell.
KWM.2016.0733.01 Photography. 2 Male figures. Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0733.02 Photograph. Bryan MacMahon presenting Marie Coffey, Kevin O’Donovan and Michael Whelan
KWM.2016.0733.03 Photograph. Kay Landy, Rena McAuliffe, and Maria Keane Stack.
KWM.2016.0733.04 Photograph of Eileen Fitzgibbon and Madeline O’Sullivan.
KWM.2016.0733.05 Photograph. Eileen Fitzgibbon in Canaries.
KWM.2016.0733.06 Photograph. Rosarie, Anthony, and Rena McAuliffe.
KWM.2016.0733.07 Photograph of Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0733.08 Photograph of a production of Canaries by Bernard Farrell.
KWM.2016.0733.09 Photograph of Imelda Garvey in Run For Your Wife.
KWM.2016.0733.10 Photograph. Imelda Garvey and Brendan L. in Run For Your Wife.
KWM.2016.0733.11 Photograph. Backstage of Don’t Dress For Dinner.
KWM.2016.0733.12 Photograph. Group on stage from Don’t Dress For Dinner.
KWM.2016.0733.13 Photograph of scene on stage of Don’t Dress For Dinner.
KWM.2016.0733.14 Photograph of scene in stage from Our Town. Máire O’Connor and Brendan Landy.
KWM.2016.0733.15 Photograph. Scene on stage. Madeline O’Sullivan in Our Town.
KWM.2016.0733.16 Photograph. Ned O’Sullivan in Our Town.
KWM.2016.0733.17 Photograph. Scene on stage. Five female figures. Dancing at Lughnasa.
KWM.2016.0733.18 Photograph. Backstage from Dancing at Lughnasa.
KWM.2016.0733.19 Photograph. Two characters on stage from scene of Dancing at Lughnasa.
KWM.2016.0008 Programme, theatre, Sive, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 1986.
KWM.2016.0009 Programme, theatre, Ill Met by Moonlight, Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0010 Programme, theatre, The Plough and the Stars, produced by Eamon Kelly. The groups staged the play in 1946.
KWM.2016.0011 Programme, theatre, The Couple Beggar, Listowel Drama Group.
KWM.2016.0012 Periodical, Amateur Drama Bulletin, 1964. Vol 1, No 1.
KWM.2016.0013 Manuscript, The Night of the Moon, Seamus White.
KWM.2016.0014 Playscript, A Letter from the General, Maurice McLoughlin, signed H. Wilson, 1962.
KWM.2016.0015 Play script, The Paddy Pedlar, Michael J. Molloy, signed Bill Kearney, Listowel, 1953. A production of this play represented Kerry in the inaugural All-Ireland Festival that year.
KWM.2016.0016 Programmes, theatre, Drama Festivals from all around Ireland, 1949 – 1975.
KWM.2016.0018 Periodicals, Advancing Drama in North Kerry, article from The Cork Examiner, 1979.
KWM.2016.0019 Magazine “Theatre Arts” July 1949 issue, Death of a Salesman.
KWM.2016.0024 Scrapbook of newspaper articles on A letter from the General, 1967.
KWM.2016.0025 Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings on The Moonlighters by George Fitzmaurice, 1968.
KWM.2016.0025 Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings on The Moonlighters by George Fitzmaurice, 1968.
KWM.2016.0026 Sheet Music, Francis and Day’s 36th Selection of Popular Successes,copyright 1927.
KWM.2016.0027 Sheet Music, Macushla, song by John McCormack, copyright 1910.
KWM.2016.0028 Sheet Music, I Hear You Calling Me, by John McCormack, copyright 1908.
KWM.2016.0029 Sheet Music, Carry me back to green pastures, words and music by Harry S. Pepper.
KWM.2016.0030 Sheet Music, Less than the dust and Kashmiri Song, Amy Woodforde-Finden, 1902.
KWM.2016.0031 Sheet Music, Academic Classics for the Pianoforte, signed by Master Eddie Leahy, Pearse St. Listowel 15/4/’26.
KWM.2016.0032 Sheet Music, Student’s Classics, Sonata in G, Mozart
KWM.2016.0033 Sheet Music, Rondo in D, Academic Classics for the Pianoforte, signed by Patricia Leahy.
KWM.2016.0034 Sheet Music, Arthur Hammerstein, Rose-Marie, A musical play, signed P. Leahy, copyright 1924.
KWM.2016.0035 Sheet Music, Play the Kunz Way. Album of piano transcriptions of the classics by Charlie Kunz, 1937.
KWM.2016.0036 Sheet Music, The Desert Song, by Otto Harbach, 1928.
KWM.2016.0037 Sheet Music, Sunset on the St. Lawrence, Maxime Heller, 1910.
KWM.2016.0038 Sheet Music, Carnival Memories Waltz, Oliver Turner.
KWM.2016.0039 Sheet Music, The Apex Edition of Classical songs, 1924/’37.
KWM.2016.0040 Sheet Music, Pianoforte Studies from the standard composers, copyright 1896.
KWM.2016.0041 Sheet Music, Academic Classics for the pianoforte.
KWM.2016.0042 Sheet Music, April, Tschaikowsky, Holmes and Karn, no 11.
KWM.2016.0043 Sheet Music, Sunny Spain, Suite by Auguste cons piano solo.
KWM.2016.0044 Sheet Music, Under the Double Edge, J. F. Wagner.
KWM.2016.0045 Sheet Music, Three books of music bound together, The real Irish Quadrille, Ophelia Sketch, Estudiantina.
KWM.2016.0046 Sheet Music, Russian ballet dances, Gould and Bottler, 1913.
KWM.2016.0047 Sheet Music, Pleading, song by Arthur L. Salmon, 1908.
KWM.2016.0048 Sheet Music, They Say, Edward Heyman, copyright 1938.
KWM.2016.0049 Sheet Music, My Fair Lady, piano selection, copyright 1956.
KWM.2016.0050 Sheet Music, A new school of studies for pianoforte, 1921.
KWM.2016.0127 Sheet music, compilation, signed P. Leahy, Copyright 1934.
KWM.2016.0103 Christmas card from John B. and Mary Keane, 1959, includes newspaper cutting and personal note from J.B. Keane.
KWM.2016.0182 Various articles on the publication of The Plays of George Fitzmaurice: Dramatic Fantasies, by George Fitzmaurice, Dolmen Press, 1967.
KWM.2016.0183 The Crows of Mephistopheles, Short Story Collection, by George Fitzmaurice, Dolmen Press, 1970.
KWM.2016.0184 Play by George Fitzmaurice, Dramatic Fantasies, 1st 1967.
KWM.2016.0185 The Plays of George Fitzmaurice: Realistic Plays by George Dolmen Press, 1970.
KWM.2016.0186 The Plays of George Fitzmaurice: Realistic Plays by George Dolmen Press, 1970
KWM.2016.0187 Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Folk Plays, Howard Slaughter 1969.
KWM.2016.0213 Newspaper Cutting Her Ambition, an article on Moira Murphy in Bryan MacMahon’s The Golden Folk 1960.
The Collection comprises the extensive newspaper coverage of The Golden Folk production, staged by the Listowel Drama Group, and subsequently, by the Abbey Theatre in 1960, as The Song of the Anvil. Seán Ó Riada, then musical director at the Abbey, composed the music for the play. The production later transferred to New York and was directed by Ria Mooney, who would have known MacMahon through the festival circuit. With a cast of over twenty, this fantasy play based on themes of religious superstition is set in the valley of Glensharon, which is under threat; that an evil spell might be cast by a stranger on the village and its folk at any time. Characters include a visionary, a failed priest, a magician, two village fools and a sex-starved spinster.
KWM.2016.0214 Newspaper Cutting on Bryan MacMahon’s The Golden Folk 1960.
KWM.2016.0215 Newspaper Cutting on Bryan MacMahon’s The Golden Folk 1960.
KWM.2016.0216 All-Ireland Theatre Festival 1953.
KWM.2016.0217 The Golden Folk – Irish Independent 1960.
KWM.2016.0218 Moira Murphy in The Golden Folk 1960.
KWM.2016.0219 Sive and The Country Boy plays, newspaper, 1960.
KWM.2016.0220 New York by J. B. Keane and The Golden Folk, 1960.
KWM.2016.0221 John B. Keane Sharon’s Grave, B. MacMahon The Golden Folk, Athlone Theatre Festival, 1960.
KWM.2016.0222 Athlone Drama Festival Sharon’s Grave, The Golden Folk, 1960.
The Golden Folk was later renamed Song of the Anvil.
KWM.2016.0223 Athlone Drama Festival Sharon’s Grave, The Golden Folk, Sunday Independent, 1960.
KWM.2016.0224 All-Ireland Drama Festival, Michael O’hAodha article, 1960.
KWM.2016.0225 All-Ireland Drama Festival from Irish Press, May 14, 1960.
KWM.2016.0226 Newspaper cutting, Listowel Drama Group wins prize at All-Ireland Drama Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0227 The Golden Folk by B. MacMahon at All-Ireland Theatre Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0228 The Golden Folk by B. MacMahon at Athlone Drama Festival, 1960.
KWM.2016.0229 Evening Press Newspaper cutting, contenders for prizes at All-Ireland Amateur Drama Festival.
KWM.2016.0230 Newspaper cutting, All-Ireland Drama Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0231 Evening Herald newspaper cutting, Athlone Theatre Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0232 Evening Herald newspaper cutting, Athlone Theatre Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0233 Evening Press newspaper, Galway Theatre review 1960.
KWM.2016.0234 Irish Independent newspaper cutting, All-Ireland Drama Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0235 J. B. Keane’s Sharon’s Grave in Ballyshannon. Evening Herald 1960.
KWM.2016.0236 Kerryman newspaper, The Golden Folk by B. MacMahon 1960.
KWM.2016.0237 The adjudicator’s role in amateur drama. Evening Herald 1960.
KWM.2016.0238 Bryan MacMahon play wins award at North Cork Drama Festival.
KWM.2016.0239 J. B. Keane’s Sharon’s Grave produced in Ballyshannon, newspaper 1960.
KWM.2016.0240 Irish Independent newspaper, All-Ireland Drama Festival, mention of Golden Folk by B. MacMahon and Sharon’s Grave by J. B. Keane 1960.
KWM.2016.0241 Irish Independent 1960, Curtain Falls on Amateur Thetre Season.
KWM.2016.0242 Evening Herald, Up Sive newspaper cutting about the success of J. B. Keane’s Sive 1960.
KWM.2016.0243 Evening Herald newspaper, critique of The Proposal.
KWM.2016.0244 Mr. Hugh Wilmot critic, newspaper cutting 1960.
KWM.2016.0245 Irish Independent cutting, B. MacMahon The Golden Folk at Kerry Drama Festival 1960.
KWM.2016.0246 Newspaper cutting Irish Independent 1960 theatre reviews.
KWM.2016.0247 1955, Westmeath Independent Dramatic Commentary.
KWM.2016.0248 1955, Athlone Theatre Festival, newspaper cutting.
KWM.2016.0249 Irish Press article on III Met by Moonlight all Ireland 1955.
KWM.2016.0250 Newspaper cutting on criticisms on minimum standards for plays 1955.
KWM.2016.0251 Photograph of Listowel Players, article on Liberator’s relative to adjudicate Kerry Drama Festival, article on Bugle in the Blood, MacMahon’s 1949 play, which was staged by the Abbey Theatre
KWM.2016.0252 Evening Press 1960 article on LDG winners and The Later Days are Cold.
KWM.2016.0253 The Winners at Athlone Evening Press 1960, Photos of Actors.
KWM.2016.0254 Newspaper cuttings: Athlone Festival, Evening Herald 1960.
KWM.2016.0255 Photos of All-Ireland Winners, Asdee Players, Irish Independent, 1960.
KWM.2016.0256 All-Ireland Festival, photo of Limerick group winning B. MacMahon Trophy, 1960.
KWM.2016.0257 Photo of Abbeyfeale Players presenting The Iron Harp on Irish Independent 1960.
KWM.2016.0258 Queens University Belfast students staging Murder in the Cathedral, Irish Press 1960.
KWM.2016.0259 Newspaper article on Sive from Evening Herald, 1960.
KWM.2016.0260 Newspaper article on Navan Players in Athlone, two black and white photos.
KWM.2016.0261 Evening Press article on Sive at St. Mary’s Theatre, Westport, fund-raiser 1960.
KWM.2016.0262 Mountain of a Play from Listowel, Evening Herald 1960.
KWM.2016.0263 Barry Cassin critic defends opinion Evening Press, 1960.
KWM.2016.0264 Opinion piece by Gabriel Fallon on New Drama arguing against 1960.
KWM.2016.0265 Article on Double Door in North Cork Festival and critique of B. Cassin by J. M. Filgate.
KWM.2016.0266 Newspaper articles on what local societies are doing by Ray McAnnally 1960.
KWM.2016.0267 Article in Kerryman, 1960, Cassin Greatly Moved by MacMahon play.
KWM.2016.0268 New Play has something worth saying The Golden Folk 1960.
KWM.2016.0269 Newspaper, Evening Herald, 1960 critique of plays nominated.
KWM.2016.0270 Newspaper Westmeath Independent. mentions of III Met by Moonlight and Bryan MacMahon’s Bugle in the Blood dated 1955.
KWM.2016.0271 Newspaper cutting no date mentions Bugle in the Blood.
KWM.2016.0272 Actor Barry Cassin hits out at Drama Festivals, Evening Press 1960.
KWM.2016.0273 Straw Boys, Golden Folk and The Black Stranger, Independent 1960.
KWM.2016.0274 News about staging The Gold Folk and Sive with Ray McAnally.
KWM.2016.0275 Great Reception for MacMahon play in Listowel, Kerryman, 1960.
KWM.2016.0276 Entrants for North Cork Drama Festival, Sharon’s Grave and Golden Folk, 1960.
KWM.2016.0277 Airing for Amateurs, Philip Rooney Irish Press, 1951, reference to a Radio Eireann Programme
KWM.2016.0278 Invitation card to attend unveiling of Bust Brendan Kennelly, 2014.
KWM.2016.0279 Flyer for the play Sive Abbey Theatre Logo, the year is 1993.
KWM.2016.0352 Upright John Brinsmead and Sans piano, featuring candlesticks.
KWM.2016.0487 The Bugle in the Blood by Bryan MacMahon; typewritten script 1949-1961 (3).
KWM.2016.0572 Small suitcase / cosmetic case owned by Bill Kearney.
KWM.2016.0573 Vintage cosmetics from Listowel Drama Group dated 1940 to 1960.
KWM.2016.0574 Costume spectacles and case from Listowel Drama Group 1960.
KWM.2021.0690/ 1-7 Photographs:
- Bill and Pat Kearney, c.1942
- Bill Kearney, c.1940s
- Bill Kearney backstage, date unknown
- Bill Kearney accepting an award, c.1961
- a special presentation made to Bill Kearney, c.1971
- Biographical notes written by Liz Gillen, née Kearney.
A native of Listowel, Bill Kearney joined the Listowel Drama Group in 1946 and enjoyed much success with the group on the amateur circuit. An actor, he was involved in many of the prizewinning productions nationwide, including the Kerry Drama Festival. Bill Kearney was invited to act in two Abbey Theatre productions of plays by the North Kerry playwright, George Fitzmaurice: The Magic Glasses, a one-act play, and the full-length play, The King of the Barna Men, in 1967. Kearney won rave reviews for his performances in both productions. He was noted in particular for his performances in the Listowel Drama Group’s production of The Bugle and the Blood by Brian MacMahon (1949), The King of Friday’s Men, by M.J. Molloy, (1950). He played the infamous lecherous old man, Sean Dota, who had arranged to marry the young school Sive, in the John B. Keane’s play pf the same name. Sive took the country by storm and won the All-Ireland Festival title in 1959. The play was subsequently stage at the Abbey by the amateur group.
Kearney’s collection encompasses numerous newspaper articles from the late 1950s and 60s from both local and national broadsheets; various programmes from regional festivals, Listowel Drama Group programmes from the 1950s; books, including his copies of the George Fitzmaurice plays (Dolmen Press); musical scores and other print matter. His makeup case is also part of the collection.
The archive is in pristine condition and donated to KWM between 2016 and 2018.
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Popped in here to escape the rain and get a cup of tea and cake. Very reasonable prices and great service. Then noticed the little hare jumping around on the wall when I used the toilets! Looked very intriguing and prompted us all to buy tickets to the museum. Wow! So worth it as the exhibits and the way it was presented was lovely, really unusual. So informative and so different to other museums. Really good value for money and a real highlight to the town.
Great Service (Trip Advisor Review)
– March, 2023
Most impressive is how ingrained in both The Creative & local communities The Seanchaí is, from the workshops, coffee mornings & plain old drop ins, To Book launches, poetry recitals, projects & engagements with the local schools. The Seanchaí is a much loved and universally treasured cultural icon. By the inhabitants of Listowel, most of Co. Kerry and West Limerick.
Mark Ollerhead (Google Review)
– March, 2023
We had requested the 30-minute tour, but happily lingered for an hour longer than we had planned. As we exited, we looked at each other and laughed out loud at our good fortune. We could have so easily missed this experience that left us feeling moved, intrigued and a bit more educated about the Kerry writers. In our delight, we failed to tip our guide but I will be going to your donations page to make a modest pledge in gratitude for our host whose name we did not record to memory.
Jane Braswell (Google Review)
– March, 2023
Our visit to the Kerry Writers Museum was a very memorable experience from beginning to end. Cara, who was working at the centre that day, was very welcoming and most helpful. The exhibition of the Kerry writers was imaginative and most engaging. The seanchai relating the background stories each writer was magic! A wonderful experience all round.
Cara (Google Review)
– May, 2021
This museum has been developed with great care and meticulous attention to detail. The audio elements are matched perfectly to the installations which are beautifully presented. The option to activate the audio guides in each room without resorting to the use of handheld devices worked very well. This is a must see/hear for anyone with an interest in Irish writing. There is also a little coffee shop and gifts on sale.
Beautifully Curated (Trip Advisor Review)
– July, 2019