Finn Varra Maa (The Irish Santa Claus)

Finn Varra Maa (The Irish Santa Claus) An Irish Fairy Pantomime In Four Acts. Original 1917 Edition

TH Nally

Cover Illustration Micheal Macliammoir

Published by The Talbot Press, 1917


Ireland: The Talbot Press, 1917. Book. Illustration by Micheal Macliammoir. Hardcover. First Irish Edition. 1917 First Irish Talbot Press Edition with a wonderful full page black and white fairy Illustration of Finn Varra Maa by Micheal MacLiammoir on the cover. Great Irish Fairy lore. Rare important drama. Irish Christmas book.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Finn Varra Maa (The Irish Santa Claus)

Publisher: The Talbot Press

Publication Date: 1917

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Cover Illustration Micheal Macliammoir

Edition: First Irish Edition

Finn Varra Maa a 1917 opera by the Irish composer Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer (1882–1957) to a libretto by Thomas Henry Nally (1869–1932). A Christmas pageant, the premiere took place at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, on 26 December 1917. The title role was performed by Brefni O’Rorke. Because of the participation of a choir of “seventy girls from the famous Loreto College Choir, and about thirty boys from Westland Row Schools” – referring to the Loreto Abbey convent school and the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Westland Row, Dublin – there were “matinee” performances (at 2:30pm) only. John Moody conducted the performance, with George O’Neill as chorus master, and costumes were designed by the Dun Emer Guild.

From the McAllister Collection, Museum of Childhood Ireland