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Cathleen Ni Houlihan

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One of the names for Ireland conceived of as a feminine entity adopted by the Jacobite poets of the 18th cent. Other names were Síle Ní Ghadhra, Róisín Dubh [see ...

Cathleen Ni Houlihan

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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... Ni Houlihan , one of the names for Ireland conceived of as a feminine entity adopted by the Jacobite poets of the 18th cent. Other names were Síle Ghadhra, Róisín Dubh [ see ‘My Dark Rosaleen’ and folksong ], the Sean Bhean Bhocht, Móirín Cheallacháin, and Gráinne Mhaol. ‘Caitlín Uallacháin’ is a Jacobite poem by Liam Dall Ó hIfearnáin which identifies her with the sovereignty of Ireland [ see Irish mythology and kingship ] and with the Blessed Virgin. In Cathleen Houlihan , written by W. B. Yeats in collaboration with Lady...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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... Ni Houlihan , a play by W. B. Yeats , published in 1902 , the year of its production at St Theresa's Hall by the Irish Literary Theatre in which Maud Gonne played the title role. It was enormously successful and must be considered Yeats's only truly popular work for the theatre. By comparison with his other dramas Cathleen Ni Houlihan , which is written mainly in prose, has a highly effective straightforwardness as a patriotic allegory. The aged and distressed figure of Cathleen Ni Houlihan symbolizes Ireland in the tradition of the country's...

Cathleen ni Houlihan

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... ni Houlihan Alternative title: Kathleen ni Houlihan Author: W. B. Yeats Date/place of 1st performance: 1902 , Dublin Date of 1st publication: 1902 Genre: Drama in 1 act; prose and songs Setting/time of action: Cottage near Killala, Ireland, 1798 Cast: 3m, 3f, extras Michael Gillane is preparing for his wedding the following day, when a strange old woman appears, mourning the loss of her four fields (the four provinces of Ireland). Inspiring Michael with her tales of those who have given their lives for her, she reveals that she is...

Cathleen Ní Houlihan

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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... Houlihan (Irish Caitlín Uallacháin ) . One of the names of Ireland personified as a woman, especially in 18th-century Irish poetry. It is the title of a typical Jacobite poem ( see Aisling ) by Liam Dall Ó hIfearnáin ( ?1720–1803 ). It was used eponymously by W.B. Yeats in his play for Maud Gonne , Cathleen Houlihan . See also Cáit Dhuibhir ; Poor Old Woman, the ; róisín dubh...

Cathleen Ní Houlihan

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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... Houlihan . A one-act play written by W.B. Yeats (with considerable help from Lady Gregory ) for Maud Gonne . It is set in Killala in 1798 and deals with the clash between domestic and patriotic responsibilities. Michael Gillane leaves his bride unmarried to help an old woman recover her four green fields from a stranger, while news comes of the landing of the French. The play was presented in St Teresa's Hall, Clarendon Street, on 2 April 1902 with Maud Gonne in the part of the old woman by ‘Mr W.G. Fay's Irish National Dramatic...

Cathleen ni Houlihan

Cathleen ni Houlihan  

AT: Kathleen ni Houlihan A: W. B. Yeats Pf: 1902, Dublin Pb: 1902 G: Drama in 1 act; prose and songs S: Cottage near Killala, Ireland, 1798 C: 3m, 3f, extrasMichael Gillane is preparing for his ...
Cathleen Ni Houlihan

Cathleen Ni Houlihan  

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One of the names for Ireland conceived of as a feminine entity adopted by the Jacobite poets of the 18th cent. Other names were Síle Ní Ghadhra, Róisín Dubh [see ...
Cathleen

Cathleen  

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Anglicized spelling of a name usually spelled Caitlín in Irish. Cathleen Ni Houlihan is W. B. Yeats's rendering of Caitlín Ní hUallacháin. Cathleen's Falls is another name for Assaroe.
Caitlín

Caitlín  

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This Irish version (one of many) of the French name Catherine has been borne by thousands of historical personages since the 12th century. The best-known mythical or folkloric bearer of the name is ...
Irish National Dramatic Society

Irish National Dramatic Society  

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Company founded by Frank and W. G. Fay, which in 1902 produced AE's Deirdre, Yeats and Lady Gregory's Cathleen ni Houlihan and The Pot of Broth, and four other plays ...
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North  

Seamus Heaney's fourth collection of poems, published in 1975. The book consists of two parts, the second of which addresses aspects of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in verse of ...
Old Lady Says ‘No’

Old Lady Says ‘No’  

AT: Shadowdance A: Denis Johnston Pf: 1929, Dublin Pb: 1932 G: Drama in 2 parts with choral interludes; prose with some verse and songs S: Dublin, 1803, and 1920s C: 10m, 10fA Speaker representing ...
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Ulster Literary Theatre  

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Was founded by Bulmer Hobson and David Parkhill in Belfast in 1902. Although Hobson and Parkhill had been strongly influenced by the Irish Literary Theatre, later the Abbey Theatre, which ...
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(1865–1939)Irish poet, critic, and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.Yeats was born near Dublin into a Protestant family, the son of a painter and brother of the ...
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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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... . Anglicized spelling of a name usually spelled Caitlín in Irish. Cathleen Ni Houlihan is W. B. Yeats's rendering of Caitlín hUallacháin. Cathleen's Falls is another name for Assaroe...

Caitlín

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...personages since the 12th century. The best-known mythical or folkloric bearer of the name is Caitlín hUallacháin [Ir., the proud] , a family name known under many spellings from Kilkenny to Clare. As a personification of Ireland Caitlín hUallacháin is fairly recent and has been much influenced by W. B. Yeats's play Cathleen ni Houlihan ( 1902 ), in which the tall, beautiful, and imposing Maude Gonne played the role. Within the play, however, Cathleen describes herself as the Poor Old Woman; see also SEAN-BHEAN BHOCHT ; CAILLEACH BHÉIRRE ; ...

Old Lady Says ‘No’, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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...Company after Lady Gregory had refused it for the Abbey , it uses expressionist techniques to measure the materialism and hypocrisy of the Irish Free State [ see Irish State ] against the political idealism embodied by Robert Emmet . Appearing as a flower-seller, Cathleen Ni Houlihan takes the forms of a seductive young woman and a bloodthirsty old...

Ó hIfearnáin, Liam Dall

Ó hIfearnáin, Liam Dall (?1720–1803)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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...amhrán metre of the time [ see Irish metrics ], deals mostly with love and politics, his sympathies being strongly Jacobite . His best-known composition is an aisling entitled ‘Pé in Éirinn Í’ . Elsewhere he bestows on Ireland the name of Caitlín Uallacháin ( Cathleen Ni Houlihan ), which subsequently became a familiar personification. The extant poems have been edited by Risteárd Ó Foghludha in Ar Bhruach na Coille Muaire ( 1939...

Irish National Dramatic Society

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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...National Dramatic Society , company founded by Frank and W. G. Fay , which in 1902 produced AE's Deirdre , Yeats and Lady Gregory 's Cathleen ni Houlihan and The Pot of Broth , and four other plays, including one in Gaelic. These were given in small halls in Dublin, but in 1903 and 1904 the company appeared in a larger hall, where, as the National Theatre Society, they were seen in Yeats's The Hour-Glass , The King's Threshold , and The Shadowy Waters , as well as in Lady Gregory's Twenty-Five , Synge 's In the Shadow of the...

Abbey Theatre, The

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...W. B. Yeats , Lady Augusta Gregory , and Edward Martyn , the Irish Literary Theatre was founded and staged its first productions of Yeats's The Countess Cathleen and Martyn's The Heather Field in 1899 . In 1901 Yeats's disagreements with Martyn led him to join with the actors Frank and William Fay to form the Irish National Dramatic Society, which produced his Cathleen Ni Houlihan and The Pot of Broth in 1902 . The Irish Literary Theatre and the Irish National Dramatic Society subsequently amalgamated to become the Irish National Theatre...

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