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Tom Murphy, in the Abbey rehearsal room on the first day of rehearsals for the  production of his play ‘The House’ in 2000

“The importance of Tom Murphy’s contribution to Irish theatre is immeasurable and outstanding. We have had no greater use of language for the stage than in the body of work produced by Tom Murphy since his earliest work in the 1960s.

His themes were not only those which had influenced the very essence of Irishness, immigration, famine and loss – they were universal in their reach.

From the early beginnings of his writings in Tuam, Tom Murphy produced a unique and often provocative body of work. He was above all the great playwright of the emigrant, more than anyone capturing, in a poignant, creative way, the transience that is at the heart of the emigrant experience.”

President Michael D Higgins this morning.

Award-winning playwright Tom Murphy dies, aged 83 (RTÉ)

Leon Farrell/Rollingnews


Playwright Tom Murphy and director Garry Hynes, of the Druid Theatre. on the Rosie Hackett Bridge today launching the Dublin Theatre festival programme.

The Festival will run from September 25- October 12 and includes Druid’s world premiere of Tom Murphy’s new play Brigit, presented in a double-bill alongside his acclaimed Bailegangaire.

Dublin Theatre Festival

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


He [Tom Murphy] is the artist most of us Irish writers look to for inspiration and example. Thus, it will be fascinating to see three of his plays directed by {Garry] Hynes at the Lincoln Center Festival, July 5 to 14. The plays deal with loss and emigration, and dramatize illusion and self-delusion. Hynes’s method as a director is forensic: she strips away, using her sharp sense of the abiding power of the theatrical image, cajoling actors toward the emotional and intellectual core of a play. In the past, Hynes and Murphy together have produced the very best of Irish theater. Re-united, they are likely to cause sparks to fly.


From Galway To Broadway (Colm Tóibín, Vanity Fair,)

Photographed for Vanity Fair by Donald Milne at Dunguaire Castle, Co Galway.

Taken literally earlier.

Playwright Tom Murphy and Abbey Theatre Artistic Director Fiach Mac Conghail on the first day of rehearsals for a new production of Murphy’s ‘returned-emigrant’ play ‘The House’, which opens on June 7. The Abbey has produced 23 of Murphy’s plays dating back to ‘The Famine’ for the Peacock Theatre in 1968.

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


At today’s Irish Digital Forum at The Science Gallery were from top: Sean Sherlock (junior minister for jobs and innovation), Simon McGarr (solicitor, Stop Sopa Ireland Campaign), Tom Murphy (Boards.ie) and Paul Durrant (Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland).

Sean Sherlock: “If you look at question 86 of the Copyright Review Committee, it says ‘have we missed anything?’, is the question. ‘What have we missed?’ That opens up a space for anybody to make a submission on anything relating to issues not covered by the questions. It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a technical knowledge around the questions because not everybody does, including myself if I’m honest about it. People may laugh but I, you know, not everyone is going to have a complete deep knowledge about the 86 questions that apply here.”

Simon McGarr: “But that’s exactly what you’ve suggested people do if they want to express their opinion. That they plough through those 86 questions. You haven’t done them yourself?

Sherlock: “No, I, I, I have.

McGarr: “Have you answered them?

Sherlock: “No, no, I have looked at the questions..

McGarr: “Can we see? Can we correct them?

Sherlock: “You see, I think, I don’t mind people being facetious, you know, you can be facetious if you want to be Simon, OK?”

McGarr: “I’m always facetious.”

Sherlock: “Well it doesn’t become you, right? And let’s…”

McGarr: “No that is a real question because minister that’s the question that you responded to people with when you, when after you signed this SI [Statutory Instrument]. You said that people should go now and participate…”

Sherlock: “I think you should tone it down. I think you should tone it down.”

McGarr: “People should participate…”

Sherlock: “I think you should tone it down.”

McGarr [to Tom Murphy]: “Do you? Do you think I should tone it down?”

Murphy: “Yes I think you should tone it down.”

McGarr: “OK, right, I’m too loud. Apologies.”

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