Deputy Smyth commented, “Tom Murphy made a huge contribution to Irish Theatre through his work with the Abbey Theatre and the Druid Theatre Company. Born in Tuam, Co. Galway, Tom was always true to his roots and captured the true essence of Irish life.
“His plays had a strong focus on issues such as emigration and displacement, resonating with Irish people right around the globe. Despite not finding favour with the Abbey Theatre with his first full-length play “A Whistle in the Dark”, his tenacity and commitment to his art saw it staged in London.
“Productions of his later plays such as The Sanctuary Lamp, Bailegangaire, and the Gigli Concert toured the world and saw him working closely with the Abbey Theatre and the Galway-based Druid Theatre Company.
“Tom’s writing is authentic, and sometimes uncomfortable, but it has an honesty that has captivated audiences for decades, and his work will live on long after his passing.
“Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.”