Sunday 22 October 2017

Niall Toibin: Ireland has lost a treasure, but I have lost a great friend

14/10/08 David Kelly at the launch of a new edition of All For Hecuba by Micheal MacLiammoir, at the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
14/10/08 David Kelly at the launch of a new edition of All For Hecuba by Micheal MacLiammoir, at the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

I SHARED an apartment in London with David Kelly, while he worked for BBC TV and I at the National Theatre. On Saturday afternoons, while I went to Highbury to watch Arsenal, David went downtown harvesting jackets, slacks and socks for his wardrobe. Because he was first and foremost an actor and dressed accordingly.

I had first seen him stroll languidly up Goatstown Road in Dublin with an artist's board under his arm, wearing a cravat for God's sake!

He was 18, so was I.

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