Strumpet City was a 1980 television miniseries produced by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, based on James Plunkett’s 1969 novel Strumpet City.

It was RTÉ’s most ambitious and expensive production to date. The script was written by Hugh Leonard, and Peter O’Toole played Jim Larkin, the union leader. The cast also included Cyril Cusack as the alcoholic priest, Father Giffley, Donal McCann as the Larkin supporter, Mulhall, and David Kelly as the destitute “Rashers” Tierney. Frank Grimes won a Jacob’s Award for his portrayal of the young Catholic curate, Father O’Connor.

First shown in Ireland in 1980, the series was exported to the United Kingdom, where it was shown on all regions of ITV bar Southern in late 1981, and on Southern’s successor company TVS in 1982

Covering the years between 1907 and 1914, Strumpet City follows several characters through the nightmare years of the “Dublin Lockout,” when the Catholic Church sided with the industrialists to smash Irish labor’s first substantive steps towards unionizing.

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Strumpet City (1980)
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Published on: Dec 08, 2015 @ 09:45