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Lot 549/0237

Estimate: €300-400

O’KELLY, Seumas (playwright) [1875-1918]. Lustre. A Tragedy in One Act. Original typescript, top copy, 34 pp, unpublished, not listed in Hogan’s Dict. of Irish Lit.
The main characters are Caith Donnellan, an old widow, and her boorish son Jimmy, a private in the Connacht Rangers, home on leave, who wants money to go drinking. The Rector’s wife offers to buy a collection of lustre jugs given to Caith by her deceased husband. Caith says she will never sell; Jimmy tries to steal the jugs. There is a struggle, the lustre is broken, and Cauth falls dead.
Seumas O’Kelly, born in Loughrea, Co. Galway, was a prolific writer and made his living by journalism. He died of a heart attack in November 1918, after a scuffle when British forces raided the offices of Arthur Griffith’s paper ‘Nationality’, where O’Kelly was acting editor. (1)

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