Paul Vincent Carroll: Irish-Born Playwright from Dundalk

Pictured at right is Paul Vincent Carroll, born in Dundalk, County Louth.  He was a friend of my parents, Michael and Lilian (Power) Quinlan, when they were all members and actors of The Dundalk Drama Society in the early 1930s.  Paul's best known play was "Shadow and Substance," which won him The Casement Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1937.  Although the ink is a bit hard to read in this photo, taken at The Algonquin Hotel, it was inscribed to my Dad when the Dundalk group won a national theater award  for their production of "Professor Tim." My Dad directed the play.  

A bit more history here: Some of you may know that Joan Burton was just elected as Ireland's first woman to head up the Labour Party.  I just discovered that Joan is married to Pat Carroll - grandnephew of Paul Vincent Carroll.  I plan on seeing  them both and bringing this picture to Pat when I am in Dublin in September! Another testament to the three degrees of separation - especially with the Irish.  

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Tags: Drama, Louth, Theater

Comment by Ann V Quinlan on August 2, 2014 at 2:34pm

That should read PLAYWRITE.  Sorry about that!  

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on August 2, 2014 at 2:37pm

Actually, Ann, "playwright" is correct! :-)  

Comment by Ann V Quinlan on August 2, 2014 at 2:42pm

Thanks Ryan - you know that is what was in my head.  Somehow - my Irish English ( I am native Irish) and my American English get in the way!! 

Comment by Gerry Regan on August 2, 2014 at 3:01pm

Ann, did you Dad direct the New York production. I don't recall -- did you grow up in the US or in Ireland, BTW? I know you live in Maine now. Perhaps you'd post on your specific and very colorful Irish story.

Comment by Ann V Quinlan on August 2, 2014 at 5:13pm

Gerry -

I was born in Monaghan, Ireland.  Raised and educated in Co. Meath, Dublin and England. I will write a little bio about growing up in Ireland. No.  My Dad did not direct the New York production.  We did a lot of amateur theater together.  My parents were always involved in community theater so this was a large part of my growing up years in Ireland.  Will continue later, on this. Thanks Gerry! 

Comment by Ann V Quinlan on August 2, 2014 at 5:17pm

PS - 

Did you know that part of the new Star Wars is being filmed in Ireland? They are using The Skelligs - in particular Skellig Michael (6th century monastic settlement) It is a magnificent place.  All of the dwellings (beehive huts) are at the top.  I have climbed those 142 steps and it is well worth it for the energy and view! 

Comment by kimberly on August 5, 2014 at 5:37pm

Great story of Irish folks having so many connections..it is wonderful to hear these kinds of stories. Thanks for sharing.

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