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Druid Theatre keeps a seat for Mick Lally

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Tourmakeady-born actor Mick Lally immortalised at Galway’s Druid Theatre


The late, great Mick Lally has been immortalised in the theatre where he began his career. To mark the first anniversary of his death, his friends and colleagues from the Druid Theatre in Galway city last week unveiled the specially commissioned ‘Mick’s seat’ in the foyer of the Druid Lane Theatre.
The Tourmakeady man was a founder member of Druid in 1975 together with current artistic director Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen.
Mick Lally is regarded by many as possibly the greatest Irish character actor of his generation.
Best-known as Miley in the RTÉ TV series ‘Glenroe’, he was one of Ireland’s most celebrated and iconic stage actors.
His performance of the lead role of Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World in Druid’s first ever production in 1975 brought the theatre company national attention and the inscription on the seat in his memory carries a line Mr Lally delivered in Synge’s classic all those years ago.
“Isn’t there the light of seven heavens in your heart alone, the way you’ll be an angel’s lamp to me from this out, and I abroad in the darkness spearing salmons in the Owen or the Carrowmore.”
Mick Lally had a career-long association with Druid, and with artistic director Garry Hynes and co-founder Marie Mullen.
“Mick has always been at the very heart of the fabric of Druid and down through the years so many conversations have been had on the lane during breaks in rehearsals,” Ms Hynes said. “With this seat, Mick’s spirit and memory will forever be part of the theatre.”
The actor’s widow, Peige, daughter Saileog and son Darach were also present for the unveiling ceremony as were the many friends and colleagues Mr Lally met through his acting career as well as those friends with whom he shared his love of music.
The seat was designed by Tom dePaor Architects who were also responsible for the refurbishment of Druid Theatre in 2009. Mick Lally died on August 31, 2010 in Dublin. He was 64 years of age.