Theatre's tribute is prime seat for Mick
FOR a man who had graced the acting profession for almost 40 years, it was only fitting that Mick Lally would have his very own seat in the theatre where he began his career.
Regarded as possibly the greatest character actor of his generation, the man best known as Miley from the RTE TV series 'Glenroe' passed away just 12 months ago.
To mark the first anniversary of his death, his friends and colleagues from the Druid Theatre in Galway yesterday unveiled the specially commissioned "Mick's seat" in the foyer of the company's Druid Lane Theatre.
A founder member of Druid during his time as a student in University College Galway in the mid-1970s, Lally had a career-long association 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," 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.