The Country Girls

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Updated: November 28th, 2018

An Abbey Theatre production

The Country Girls


Lime Tree Theatre | Tuesday 30th April – Saturday 4th May | 8pm |  €32/€28

Saturday Matinee, 4th May | 2.30pm | €25

This started when the publication of The Country Girls caused outrage. It was banned in Ireland by the authorities and publicly burned by the clergy. Notoriety quickly turned to fame and this coming of age story of two young women in 1950s Ireland became a best-seller. Now, Edna O’Brien revisits her era-defining debut novel in a new stage adaptation.


Kate: Grace Collender
Hickey: Muiris Crowley 
Molly / Cynthia / Dolly: Megan Cusack
Baba: Caitriona Ennis
Finn: Aron Hegarty
Malachi / Harry: Aidan Kelly
Lil: Lisa Lambe
Miss Moriarty / Sister Mary: Catriona Loughlin
Mr Gentleman: Steven McCarthy
Mr Brennan / Gustav / Reg: Bill Murphy
Martha / Sister Immaculata / Joanna: Mary O’Driscoll
Written and adapted by: Edna O’Brien
Directed by: Graham McLaren
Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
Set and Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
Lighting Design: Sinead Wallace
Movement Director: Ray Harman
Sound Design: Matt Padden
Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls is the Dublin 2019 – One City One Book.

The ISL performance of #The Country Girls at Lime Tree Theatre is on Thursday 2 May. Please contact for best tickets and view of interpreter.



  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call our box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
  • Limited parking available for patrons, please arrive early. Disability and bus parking on campus.

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Wed 01 May
Thu 02 May
Fri 03 May
Sat 04 May
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