Strumpet City Begins


David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in 'Strumpet City' (1979) © RTÉ Stills Library 2002/070
David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in 'Strumpet City' (1979) © RTÉ Stills Library 2002/070

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Actors David Kelly (left) as Rashers Tierney and Brendan Cauldwell as Hennessy, in a scene from the RTÉ Television drama series 'Strumpet City', during filming in June 1979.

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    Strumpet City Begins
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    David Kelly (Rashers Tierney)
    Brendan Cauldwell (Hennessey)
    Mary Lee (Photographer)
  • Title
    Strumpet City
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    Strumpet City Begins
  • Extended description

    Kelly and Cauldwell are sitting on the steps outside a tenement house on Dublin's Henrietta Street. Both are shabbily dressed in overcoats and hats (Kelly is wearing a bowler hat). Kelly is holding a small terrier dog on his lap.

    'Strumpet City' was first broadcast in seven parts from 16 March 1980. The series was set in Dublin between 1907 and 1914. It was adapted by Hugh Leonard from the novel by James Plunkett and was produced and directed by Tony Barry.

    The photograph was taken by RTÉ photographer Mary Lee on 1 June 1979.

  • Information

    'Strumpet City' is a best-selling novel by James Plunkett set in Dublin between 1907 and 1914, a period of major labour unrest. The novel was adapted for RTÉ Television by Hugh Leonard. Shown as seven episodes in 1980, the series was directed by Tony Barry and the notable cast featured Peter O'Toole, Peter Ustinov, David Kelly and Bryan Murray.

    In 2003 the series was digitally remastered by RTÉ Television Archives and rebroadcast.

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    RTÉ, Broadcasting, Broadcasting History, Television, Strumpet City, Drama, Literature, David Kelly, Brendan Cauldwell
  • Geographical coverage
    Dublin, Ireland
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    The Media
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    RTÉ One
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Strumpet City Begins

Category: The Media