CollectionGeorge Shiels Collection (Ballymoney)
Collection DescriptionThe George Shiels Collection at Libraries NI consists of the private library of playwright George Shiels (1881- 1949). Also includes original typescripts of many plays and some personal belongings, such as Christmas Cards, family albums and letters.
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​​​​​​Scrapbook belonging to the playwright, George Shiels which includes numerous programmes of his productions which list cast members, including actresses such as Eileen Crowe, Maureen Delany, May Craig, Christine Hayden, Ria Mooney and Kathleen Murphy, occasionally with photographs of the cast, no date. This scrapbook also contains a signed photograph of Lady Gregory to George Shiels, 1926.

Photograph album belonging to George Shiels containing 72 black and white photographs, including numerous photographs of women and girls, no date, c.1896. For example:

A photograph of a family group at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, c.1896.

A photograph of a mother with her child on her knee, c.1896.

A photograph of a woman in a white cap, c.1896.

A photograph of a family group showing a mother, father and seven children, c.1896.

A photograph of a girl standing in a fitted costume and cap, c.1896.

A photograph of an elderly woman in bonnet and plaid shawl seated at the Giant's Causeway selling a Giant's Causeway guide, c.1896.

A photograph of a girl seated in a dark costume, c.1896.

A photograph of a woman seated with a man, c.1896.

A photographic portrait of a girl, c1896.

A photograph of an elderly woman in a bonnet, smoking a pipe and selling Giant's Causeway guides, County Antrim, c.1896.


Scrapbook belonging to George Sheils containing correspondence, photographs and Christmas cards. For instance:

A letter from Florence Woods, Dublin, 24 December 1925.

A letter from Brigid O'Brien, Dublin, illustrated with sketches of 'The Electra of Euripedes', 23 December 1925.

A Christmas card from Jane Allgood, 24 December 1925.

A Christmas card from Sybil O'Brien, 22 December 1925.

A Christmas card from Margaret Dobbs, Cushendall, 23 December 1925.

3 group photographs which include Marie O'Donnell in the role of 'Peggy' in Shiels' play, 'Professor Tim', no date.

A group photograph which includes Marie Keane as 'Mrs Scally' in 'Professor Tim', no date.


A ring binder of Abbey Theatre Programmes, featuring George Shiels' plays and including lists of cast members, 1926, 1934,1935, 1936, 1938 and 1940.

AccessLimited Access - Special Collection. Contact Repository.
Century19th, 20th
Repository NameBallymoney Library
AddressRodden Foot Queen Street Ballymoney County Antrim
UK Postal CodeBT53 6JB
Telephone+44 28-2766-3589
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CommentWe are grateful to Maria Diamond and the staff at Libraries NI for their help in updating entries contained in the original Directory.