No visit to Dublin is complete without attending a performance at the Abbey Theatre – the home of Ireland’s drama. This tiny theatre grew and developed under the playwrights, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge & Sean O’Casey. Famous players included the Fay Brothers, Sara Allgood, Maire O’Neill, Arthur Sinclair, Barry Fitzgerald, F.G. McCormick, Arthur Shields, Eileen Crowe, Maureen Delany etc. etc. On the night of 17th July 1951, after a performance of “The Plough & the Stars” the Abbey caught fire, severely damaging “back-stage” premises until rebuilding…

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