Siobhán McKenna agus Cyril Cusack ag fáil réidh don turas Meiriceánach.

In 1976 the Abbey Players went on a 7-week tour of the United States to help celebrate the bicentenary of American independence. It was the theatre's first American tour in 38 years. The tour opened on 18 November 1976 with a performance of 'The Plough and the Stars' at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. The play by Seán O'Casey was itself celebrating its golden jubilee.

Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin of 'Pobal' spoke to actors Siobhán McKenna and Cyril Cusack shortly before their departure for the States. In this extract, McKenna, who has been cast as Bessie Burgess, says she is a little nervous about the tour because it is so important that the production succeed. Cusack, who will be playing Fluther, notes that it is a traditional play and that tradition is being cast aside everywhere else.