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'She was the idea of Ireland' Celebrating Siobhán McKenna with Lelia Doolan
by Lelia Doolan
‘She was the idea of Ireland’ - Celebrating Siobhán McKenna Arts in Action In Collaboration with the James Hardiman Library. Known to many simply as ‘Siobhán’, Ireland’s most internationally celebrated actor of her generation, Siobhán McKenna has enthralled audiences from Galway to Broadway. A member of the University Dramatic Society at UCG, from the 1940s, later moving to Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre to Druid Theatre and venues around the world, Siobhán was a talented and generous performer in both Irish and English, an Irish language campaigner, a human-rights activist and a member of the Council of State. Her contribution to Ireland’s public as well as artistic life ensures her record as a true great of the 20th century. Siobhán’s rich archive of personal correspondence, scripts, programmes, photographs and more today resides at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Lelia Doolan, producer and director, will recount personal insights from a life spent in the theatre and in close friendship and companionship with Siobhán. This special event will showcase the private and public lives of Siobhán as an actor but also as friend and collaborator with Lelia Doolan from the 1960s onwards. The event will also feature newly available digitised video material from the Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre archives, bringing Siobhán’s talent and voice to audiences once more. Curated by Barry Houlihan, Archivist James Hardiman Library and directed by Marianne Ní Chínneide, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.