Gerry: I'd love to write play about inspector visit
Talk about drama and Prof Gerry Boyle glows with enthusiasm as he plays his part in continuing a long family tradition on both sides of the footlights.
"I absolutely love drama," he says as his mind rolls back over his youthful days in Borrisoleigh where his late father, Joe, was always involved, both as an accomplished amateur actor and later producer with the drama groups around North Tipperary.
"I grew up with drama all around me. My father played a leading part in Hugh Friel's 'The Enemy Within' at the All Ireland Drama Festival at Athlone only a couple of years before he died. He was a very serious actor, and participated in one of the first productions of John B Keane's 'The Field'.
"I did a lot of acting myself in Dublin with the Dalkey Players. It is a great outlet and we took part in several festivals," he adds.
He also has an ambition to become a playwright of his own at some stage.
"I would love to do a play about the trials and tribulations of farmers.
"I have in mind something around the theme 'An Inspector Calls', with all that the arrival of the Department inspector involves for so many farmers today," he says.