Ria Mooney Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleRia Mooney Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,603
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/ria-mooney-papers
Creation Dates1917-1983
Extent Medium3 boxes (79 folders)


Creator(s): Mooney, Ria, 1903-1973

  • Administrative History ↴

    Ria Mooney, actress, teacher, director and producer at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Gate Theatre, Dublin; Civic Reperatory Theatre, New York.
  • Archival History ↴

    Presented by Margaret and Tony Cauldwell
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Mooney, Ria, 1903-1973 ↴

    The Ria Mooney Papers is a collection of correspondence and other material concerning Mooney’s career in Irish and international theatre. The correspondence traces her work as an actress, director, and producer in the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, and Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, as well as her involvement in touring productions across Europe and the US. Correspondents include some of the founders and directors of the major Irish theatres, including Ernest Blythe, Lennox Robinson, Micháel MacLiammóir, and Hilton Edwards. The papers also contain references to her work with the Civic Repertory Theatre in New York under the guidance of Eva Le Gallienne. Within the collection there is correspondence between Mooney and theatre and literary figures such as Mervyn Wall, Terence Smith, Seán O’Faoláin, Brian Friel, Anew McMaster, M.J. Molloy, Val Mulkerns, and Emmet D’Alton in which the correspondents discuss a range of literary and social matters. Mooney was Margaret Caldwell’s aunt, and Tony Caldwell is the brother of the actor Brendan Caldwell.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Correspondence. II. Other Papers.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1917-1983
Extent Medium3 boxes (79 folders)
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFrances Clarke and Deirdre Collins
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions41740