Ria Mooney Papers,


The Ria Mooney Papers is a collection of correspondence and other material concerning Mooney's career in Irish and international theatre. The correspondence traces her work as an actress, director, and producer in the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, and Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, as well as her involvement in touring productions across Europe and the US. Correspondents include some of the founders and directors of the major Irish theatres, including Ernest Blythe, Lennox Robinson, Micháel MacLiammóir, and Hilton Edwards. The papers also contain references to her work with the Civic Repertory Theatre in New York under the guidance of Eva Le Gallienne. Within the collection there is correspondence between Mooney and theatre and literary figures such as Mervyn Wall, Terence Smith, Seán O'Faoláin, Brian Friel, Anew McMaster, M.J. Molloy, Val Mulkerns, and Emmet D'Alton in which the correspondents discuss a range of literary and social matters. Mooney was Margaret Cauldwell's aunt, and Tony Cauldwell is the brother of the actor Brendan Cauldwell.

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Main Creator: Mooney, Ria, 1903-1973
Contributors: Abbey Theatre
Notes:Physical description: 3 boxes (79 folders).
I. Correspondence. II. Other Papers.
Provenance:Originally in the possession of Tony and Margaret Cauldwell.
Published / Created: 1917-1983.

I.xxxvii.Correspondence from Joan O'Donovan,

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In Collection: Ria Mooney Papers, 1917-1983
Description:Autograph and typescript letters and postcards to Ria Mooney from Joan O'Donovan (writer) in which O'Donovan discusses social and family matters, including her sons Oliver and Michael and Frank O'Connor; and Mooney's illness. Correspondence also concerns theatre and literary matters, such as O'Donovan's works.
Main Creator: O'Donovan, Joan
Created: 1961-1970.
Extent:1 folder (15 items).
Call Number: MS 49,603/37 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights:Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.