Riders to the Sea

Important characters

Maurya: Grief stricken widow and mother of 8 children Cathleen, Nora, Bartley, Shawn, Sheamus, Stephen, Patch, and Michael. Cathleen: Maurya's eldest daughter, tries to keep her mother from dying from grief by identifying her deceased brother Michael's clothing Nora: Maurya's youngest daughter, helps her sister with their mother Bartley: Maurya's youngest and only living son, has died by the end of the play Maurya's sons Shawn, Sheamus, Stephen, Patch, and Michael, as well as Maurya's husband are all deceased when the play begins. There is also a priest character who is never seen but is quoted by Cathleen and Nora in the beginning of the play.

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