Friday 23 February 2018

Maureen caps top acting career with doctorate

Fiona Ellis

SHE may be remembered best as publican Teasey McDaid from 'Glenroe', but Maureen Toal's acting career spanned over six decades.

Yesterday she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature at University College Dublin (UCD).

The actress attended the ceremony with her son and his wife and her niece and younger sister.

"I was so shocked and very honoured to receive this award; it has been a lovely day," she said sitting in the company of playwright Frank McGuinness, who she described as "the best writer in the world".

Ms Toal's long and distinguished theatre career began the day she joined the Abbey Company in 1946 aged just 16.

"I still miss being an actress, I was very sorry to retire a few years ago," Ms Toal said.

"I couldn't pick one favourite moment out of my career, I loved it all," she added.

The actress still might be best known, outside of theatre circles, for her role in 'Glenroe' but it isn't something she shies away from.

"Oh it's very nice actually when people remember me from it, it's very pleasant. It was a lovely eight years," she said.

Former TD Brendan Halligan also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature at UCD yesterday in recognition of his contribution to society as a public servant, politician, educator, and businessman.

Irish Independent

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