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Glenroe's Mary out to support pal's play debut

ACTRESS Mary McEvoy made her return to the public eye last night following the death of her close friend and on-screen hubby of many years, Mick Lally.

The former Glenroe star, who was left devastated by her longtime colleague's sudden death, was among those who stepped out to the official opening night of Michael Scott's new play Dracula at the Tivoli theatre.

The actress was one of the final people to work with Mick before his death, with the pair reuniting on stage at the Francis Street-based theatre last March to star in Scott's adaptation of John B Keane's The Matchmaker.

Mary explained how she was keen to support her close friend Michael last night as his latest production, starring former RTE's The Clinic actress Leigh Arnold, made its stage debut.

Among the others who stepped out to support the Foxrock beauty on her big night was her model sister Chloe Arnold, Ireland AM's Alan Hughes and his other half Karl Broderick, Fair City's Hilda Fay, Alan Amsby better known as Mr Pussy, TV personality and Herald columnist Anna Nolan and socialite Izabela Chudzicka to name but a few.

Leigh, who is currently single, was joined on stage by two hunky leading men -- former model Lukas Hassel who plays Dracula and Hunger star Liam McMahon as Harker.