Frank Carney

Life
1902- ; b. Galway; ed. Tuam, and NUI Galway; worked as an Old Age Pensions Civil Servant, and travelled throughout rural Ireland; wrote an adaptation of Friday’s Well by Temple Lane [q.v.] as A Bolt from the Blue (1950); also wrote an oft-revived Abbey success, The Righteous are Bold (1946), [but see Works, infra]; other plays incl. They Went By Bus; and Peeping Tom (1940). DIW

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Works
Bolt from the Blue: A Comedy in Three Acts (Dublin: 1950); Peeping Tom (Dublin: 1940); The Righteous are Bold: A Play in Three Acts (Dublin: James Duffy & Co. 1950, 1951), 72pp., and Do. [rep.] (NY: Samuel French [1956]), 88pp.; They went by Bus (q.d.) 

Note: Bolt from the Blue (1950 edn.) - copy in TCD Library; Do. (1951 edn.) - copy in National Library of Scotland. (See COPAC.)

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Notes
Jennifer Johnston: In Johnston’s The Illusionist (1995), the protagonist-narrator Stella quotes a letter from her mother in Dublin: ‘... we went to the Abbey on Thursday to see the play by Frank Carney, that everyone is scandalised by. The name escapes me. I can’t say that I though very much of it.’ (p.36-38).

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