Loose coalition of Irish artists created 1980 who addressed the political situation in Ireland using artistic works. The original members were playwright Brian Friel, actor Stephen Rea, poets and academics Seamus Deane, Seamus Heaney, and Tom Paulin, and singer and film-maker David Hammond. The group produced some of the finest English-language theatrical works of the 1980s, many of them studies of traditional pre-1960 Ireland.
Notable works produced by the group include Friel’s Translations and Thomas Kilroy’s Double Cross. In 1991 the group produced a three-volume The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.