Juno and the Paycock, a play by Sean O’ Casey, is set in the working tenements of Dublin in and tells the story of the Boyle family during the Irish Civil War. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Juno and the Paycocke by Seán O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock, a play by Seán O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock is a play by Seán O’Casey, and is highly regarded and often performed in Ireland. It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in.

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The play opens in the morning with Mary Boyle and her brother Johnny sitting in the living room. The Final line of the play. Juno decides that Jack will never take on his responsibilities as a father and breadwinner, so she leaves to make a better life for herself and Mary. When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms.

Some time later, Jack stumbles home from the pub with Joxer, extremely drunk and unaware that his son is dead or that his wife and daughter have left him. The father, “Captain” Jack so called because of his propensity for telling greatly exaggerated stories of his short career as a merchant sailoris a loafer who claims to be unable to work because of pains in his legs, which mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him.

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For the film by Alfred Hitchcock of the same name, see Juno and the Paycock film. His superiors think he smmary know something about the man who informed on Tancred.

The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Johnny, who rhe been sitting silently by the fire, immediately sees that the money might enable them to move somewhere else – somewhere they are not known.


Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of Two men in trench coats arrive. Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer.

The mother, Juno so called because all of the important events in her life took place in Juneis the only member of the family currently working, as daughter Mary is on strike and son Johnny is disabled, having lost his arm in the War of Independence.

As a result, numerous relations are claiming the inheritance, which is rapidly being eaten up by legal costs; to make matters worse, Bentham has apparently fled the country out of shame. Soon after they leave, Needle Nugent, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit.

Meanwhile, Payccock agonises over his betrayal of his friend Robbie Tancred, a neighbour and former comrade in the IRAwho was subsequently murdered by Free State supporters; Johnny is terrified that the IRA will execute him as punishment for being an informant. A mere two days after receiving Mr Bentham’s news, Jack has already begun flaunting his newfound wealth by purchasing a new suitnew furniturea gramophoneand other luxuries on creditin anticipation of receiving the inheritance.

The Boyles throw a party and invite Bentham, who is courting Mary. Joxer is present, Jack having already forgotten his vow to break off contact with him, and Mrs Maisie Madigan, a neighbour to whom Jack owes money, shows up after having been invited in Act I.

Jack is overjoyed at this and immediately vows to change his ways, promising Juno that he will stop drinking all the time with Joxer. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant. While Jack is sleeping, Juno takes Mary to the doctor. Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall.


O’Casey gave his blessing to the summarh, but never saw the production.

Juno goes out to offer support to Mrs Tancred, who delivers a monologue mourning the loss sumkary her son and praying for an end to the war, but Jack selfishly ignores her suffering. Jerry rushes out to find Boyle when Juno says that he is in the pub.

Juno and the Paycock – Wikipedia

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. He was killed by an informer. He makes it up summmary Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on drink. He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool.

Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush. The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer set about raising everyone’s spirits.

Plot summary

Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. During the party, Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession passes the tenement, but the Boyles and their guests halt their carousing only when Tancred’s grieving mother stops at their door.

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