Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Patrick Galvin Remembered

A recent edition of the RTÉ Radio One series Arts Tonight focussed on Irish playwright and poet Patrick Galvin. Galvin, born in Cork in 1927, became a writer after serving in the RAF during the Second World War. As a child he was sent to Daingean industrial school, which would serve as the basis for his well-known memoir Song for a Raggy Boy, which was made into a film starring Aidan Quinn in 2003.

Galvin had an enduring friendship with Mary O'Malley and served as the Lyric Theatre's writer in residence inthe 1970s. The Lyric's archive contains correspondence between Galvin and O'Malley as well as a large amount of production material on his plays We Do It For Love and My Silver Bird. In fact these two plays are the productions best represented in the archive, as they contain multiple drafts of the plays as well as other material. This material will be available later in the autumn.

You can listen to the Arts Tonight programme online here.

Sarah Poutch

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