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Aideen O’Kelly, Irish Actor, 1940 – 2015

It is sad to note the death of  Aideen O’Kelly last month. She began her career with the Abbey Theatre  in  1964 playing Mrs Gogan  in  The  Plough and the Stars.  She notably  played  Fionnuala  in  Red  Roses  for  Me  in  addition  to many  other  roles  at  the Abbey.

In  the  1980s  she  moved  to  New  York  and  achieved  acclaim  for  her  acting  on  Broadway.

Rod Taylor, Australian Actor and Young Cassidy, 1930 – 2015

Rod Taylor, died at home inRod Taylor - 1967 Los Angeles on January 7th at the age of 84. A strong leading man, he played many notable roles through his career including Johnny in the Sean O’Casey biopic Young Cassidy in 1965.

He played alongside many other great actors in notable films such as GiantOne Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Birds and Zabriskie Point.

Announcing his death Rod’s daughter Felicia Taylor said in a statement:

“My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without.”

Further obituaries and articles,

 

Professor N. Dharmarajan, Translating Ideas Across Cultures

Prof. N. Dharmarajan
Prof. N. Dharmarajan. Photo: R. Ashok

Professor N. Dharmarajan has worked for 56 years translating over 170 works from various languages into Tamil. In an article in The Hindu we have learned that his very first work of translation was Sean O’ Casey’s The Worker Blows the Bugle appearing as Uzhaippaliyin Sanganatham in Janasakthi in 1958.

Professor Dharmarajan’s work includes translating many works into Tamil including all the works of Tolstoy (excluding War and Peace).  The work of a translator in bridging works and ideas across cultures is not an easy one and Professor Dharmarajan is responsible with introducing several new coinages into Tamil.

We are very proud indeed that Professor Dharmarajan’s wonderful journey began with a step hand in hand with Sean.

Gabrielle Reidy, Irish Actor, 1960 – 2014

Gabrielle Reidy as Bessie Burgess
Gabrielle Reidy as Bessie Burgess in the Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

It is deeply saddening to learn that  Gabrielle Reidy has died. Her career was bookended by roles in plays by Sean O’Casey at the Abbey Theatre. Starting as a child actor in The  Shadow of a Gunman in 1971 and with her last role her acclaimed performance as Bessie Burgess in The Plough and the Stars 2012.

In the intervening years she graced many productions on stage, television and film. More information is contained in her obituaries in The Guardian and The Irish Times.

Condolences to her family and friends.