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The Eyes of the Blind

A Play in One Act


  • Drámadóir

    Winifred M. Letts 

  • Suíomh

    Interior of a cottage on the outskirts of a small Wicklow village

  • Achoimre

    The widow Doyne and her daughter Theresa are discussing a murder that has taken place in a nearby bog and the subsequent arrest of an innocent man. Lawrence Shaughnessy arrives at the cottage but he is out of spirits. Blind Phelim then arrives at the door. Phelim is aware of Shaughnessy's presence, in spite of the fact that Shaughnessy does not speak. Phelim converses with a figure only he can sense. This causes some alarm amongst the women so Phelim explains that he is speaking with the murdered man who identifies Shaughnessy as his killer. Overwhelmed with guilt, Shaughnessy confesses to the crime and decides to turn himself in. Theresa begs him to reconsider but he admits that the murder occured in a fit of passion and that God's mercy is great.

  • Cinéal Dráma

    Drámaí Ginearálta

    Líon na Míreanna


  • Méid na Fóirne ( Fireann)


  • Méid na Fóirne (Baineann)


Céad Léiriú

Foireann An Chéad Léirithe  
Blind Phelim Frank Fay
Mrs Doyne Máire O'Neill (1)
Lawrence Shaughnessy W.G. Fay
Theresa Doyne Brigid O'Dempsey

Eolas Faoi Chearta

  • Gan Aimsiú

Foinse Eolais

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.