Abbey Players

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Joe Stanley was married into The Walker Family, a well- known Abbey Players family with Maire reaching the heights of fame and notoriety as Irelands First Leading Lady - playing the opening role on the opening night of the Abbey Theatre in 1904 in Yeats' Caitlin Ni Houlihan. A very fine portrait of Maire Ni Siubhlaigh hangs amongst the luminaries in the portals of the Abbey Theatre today. Joe's wife Annie had the stage name of Eileen O Doherty making over 250 appearances with both girls being on The Abbey Players tour of America and the infamous Playboy Riots. They were members of Ingidhe Na hEireann and their story is well documented in Maire's memoirs The Splendid Years and the more recent Abbey Rebels.