Thursday 8 December 2016

Late TP McKenna a 'true son of Mullagh'

Published 28/02/2011 | 05:00

The remains of TP McKenna are taken for burial in Teampall Cheallaigh graveyard in Cavan
The remains of TP McKenna are taken for burial in Teampall Cheallaigh graveyard in Cavan

VETERAN actor TP McKenna, one of the country's leading stars of stage, screen and radio, was laid to rest at the weekend.

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Among those attending the service in his native Cavan were actors including Stephen Rea, Alan Stanford, Barry McGovern, Peadar Lamb, Pat Laffan, along with the artistic director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan, and Margo McCabe, wife of playwright Eugene McCabe.

Parish priest Father John Quinn told mourners at St Kilian's Church in Mullagh that Mr McKenna was "an actor of distinction".

He added that he would also be great remembered by all that knew him "as a devoted husband, brother, a true son of Mullagh".

The 81-year-old, who died in his sleep at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead London on February 13, was buried in the nearby graveyard close to the shores of Mullagh Lake.

"My father was a heroic figure, an idol, but as a father the most human and warm of people," his son Stephen said.

Although starting his career at the Abbey Theatre in 1954, Mr McKenna was known to millions for roles in TV programmes including 'The Avengers', 'The Sweeney', 'Doctor Who' and 'Minder'.

His film credits included 'Ulysses', 'Straw Dogs', 'A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man' and award-winning short 'A Child's Voice'.

Joining the hundreds of mourners at the funeral service were the actor's family, which included his sons Ralph, Kilian, Breffni, Stephen and daughter Sally.

Irish Independent

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