The Bishops’s Bonfire by Sean O’Casey


The small village of Ballyoonagh is feverishly preparing for a visit from the native son, Bishop Bill Mullarky, by redecorating the home of the richest man in town, Councillor Reiligan, to receive the clergyman. Although the festivities are meant to be formal, the many workmen hired for the occasion have other priorities, as they engage in raucous antics filled with drinking, argument, song, dance, and general merriment and confusion. As the Bishop’s arrival approaches, the town’s religious leaders organize a book burning bonfire to eliminate sources of temptation. The workmen’s ideals of freedom and joy increasingly clash with the church’s puritan values, and it all comes to a head in a tragic turn of events.

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A hardcover edition with green cloth boards, gilt lettering and clipped dust jacket. The green boards and dust cover have rubbing along the edges. The dust jacket has foxing, toning and a tear to the spine. There is foxing and toning throughout the book but the text is clear and legible. There is a previous sellers label on the inside front cover.

Published in 1955 by McMillan & Co Ltd, London.

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