Battle of Baltinglass Re-enacted?
Full title: The Green Boxeen: A Comedy in Three Acts [play]
Creator / Author: Patrick Kelly
Item Type / Page count: Book / 100p
When Published: 1957 / reprinted 1962
Publisher / Place of Publication: James Duffy & Co., Ltd. / 38 Westmoreland Street, Dublin.
About: Although this blog has featured descriptions of a few dramatic events in West Wicklow history, this is the first drama to be included. In a letter to the Irish Times in March 2007, Mattie Lennon, a Lacken native, refers to this play as “a thinly veiled account of the Battle of Baltinglass.” The so-called “Battle of Baltinglass” centred around the change of management of the local post office in 1950. Presumably the title of the play refers to the traditional green metal postbox inset in the walls of post office premises throughout the country. The play was first broadcast on Radio Eireann on June 22nd, 1952.
ID number(s): None
Contents: Scenes: Act I: Brophy’s Bar and Grocery one Friday morning in August – Act II: Same a month later – Act III: Same a month later than Act II.
Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.
Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.
Extra #3: The play won First Prize in the Radio Eireann drama competition.
Extra #4: The play won First Prize in the Sheridan Centenary Play competition organised by the Book Association of Ireland.