"The play was 'The Shaughraun,'"

  The Shaughraun is a play written by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault. Set in late-19th-century Ireland against the background of the Fenian Movement, which was then reaching its peak, the melodramatic play follows the adventures of gentleman Robert Ffolliatt and his sister Claire. Comic episodes are provided by Con the Shaughraun, who was played by Boucicault in the original cast.

The play opened at Wallack’s Theatre in New York on 14th November 1874 and was a huge success, making Boucicault a reported $500,000. The most recent performance in New York was at the Irish Repertory Theatre, in May-June 2011.

The title of the play comes from the Irish word seachrín, meaning ‘wanderer’ or ‘vagabond’.