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MJ Molloy playright, born in Milltown County Galway
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MJ Molloy  -  Playwright   ~   Milltown

Michael Joseph Molloy (1917-1994) was an Irish playwright. He was born and died in Miltown, County Galway. Molloy originally intended to become a priest, but contracted tuberculosis as a young man. He began writing plays during his long hospital stays. His first play, Old Road, was produced at the Abbey Theatre in 1943. His plays were popular in the 1940s and 1950s, but only one of his later plays, Petticoat Loose (1979) was staged at the Abbey.
MJ Molloy playright, born in Milltown County Galway Nine of his plays premiered at the Abbey Theatre, one in the Gaeity Theatre, and one at the John Player Theatre, all in Dublin. Three plays were produced in London, three on Broadway, New York, and many were broadcast, televised and published. He was working on The Princess of Hibernia, a full length historical play at the time of his death. His main works include the plays The Old Road (1943); The Visiting House (1946); The King of Friday's Men (1948); The Wood of the Whispering (1953); The Paddy Pedlar (1953); The Will and the Way (1955); Daughter from Over the Water ( 1958); A Right Rose Tree (1958); The Wooing of Duvesa (1964); The Bride of Fontebranda (1975); Petticoat Loose (1979); The Bachelor's Daughter (1985); and The Runaways (1987).
His lecture, The Making of Folkplays, is published in Literature and Folklore: Ireland and Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1977). He was a member of Aosdána, and he died in 1994.
The Quill in Milltown GAA club logo
represents MJ Molloy.
He did his Leaving Certificate in St Jarlath’s College and then spent three years training to do missionary work in China at St Columban’s College in Dalgan Park. But his plans to enter the priesthood were dashed at the age of 20 when he was struck down by tuberculosis. For almost 50 years, he spent a portion of each week meticulously recording the folklore of the area in County Galway where he was born and was living.
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He died at his home in Milltown in 1994.
He requested the following inscription from Isaiah to be put on his tombstone - “Woe to those who call evil good and who call good evil”


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