<> Boyd114 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 19 Jan Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd114 Letter Lyric Theatre, O&#039;Casey, O&#039;Malley English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd114 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd114_1.jpg LHL Archive - 3 - Yes, few theatres are so lucky. The Lyric must be one of the luckiest theatres in Europe. I wonder why I thought of 'luck' just now. Well, the Lyric has survived seven years on its present site and I think its survival is something of a miracle. It has been bombed (but luckily the blast went the wrong way) ; it has been picketed by Paisleyites (luckily their protest was of no avail); and it has often been threatened ... But no more of this! The Lyric not only endures, it flourishes - the only professional theatre in the north. Tonight I am going to the opening of Cock-a-doodle Dandy. Tomas MacAnna of the Abbey directing. This O’Casey play has never been performed in Ireland. Imagine, an O’Casey play written in 1947 and not produced in his native countryhuntil now! We do honour our dramatists, don’t we? I wish that Pat and I had had enougn time that afternoon to tell you about the history of the Lyric. It is a romantic story, and some day it will be told in full. It was founded by Mary O’Malley who comes from Cork and her husband, Pearse O’Malley, who comes from Armagh, and it has a line from Yeats inscribed on the granite lintel; A fitting inscription; Text