A Tribute to Peadar Lamb

The versatile and much respected actor, Peadar Lamb, passed away in his 88th year on the 1st of September, after a much lauded and long career. The son of the celebrated painter Charles Lamb, he grew up in Conamara and was married to well-known actress Geraldine Plunkett.

He became a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in 1954, having established himself in English and Irish Language stage productions. For the next thirty years he performed in almost every play there, in the canons of O’Casey, Behan, Bouccicault and Synge, several plays of Bernard Shaw and Becket and, numerous Irish Premiere’s.

In 1990 he toured North America in JM Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, played Dr. Burke in the TV movie, The Lilac Bus, and the Registrar in December Bride,

On leaving the Abbey Players, Peadar continued to perform as a freelance actor and received much acclaim for comedy and serious roles on stage and in film. In 2002 Peadar, and his wife Geraldine, played leading roles in a production of Tony Guerin’s play, Hummin’ for the Red Kettle company.

His film debut was in 1959 in This Other Eden, and a staggering total of a further 42 credits followed, his last being the television series, No Offence in 2015. Peadar also guested many times for the RTE Players on Radio and had a wonderful tenor voice which he used to good effect in plays.

A longstanding member of Irish Actors Equity, Peadar was a strong supporter of Actor’s rights and in 1969 was a member of the Abbey Theatre, Players’ Council which negotiated new contract conditions, selflessly representing the Abbey Actors for several years.

Peadar will be a great loss to the theatrical profession, and his dedication, comradeship, encouragement and loyalty will be sorely missed. A pleasure to work with, a delight to be in his ever-jovial company, his willingness to embrace all things, ensured that he was, truly, a ‘man for all seasons’.

Laurence Foster,
September 3rd 2017

Irish Equity calls on TV3 to reconsider postponement of Red Rock

Irish Equity has expressed disappointment with the announcement by TV3, today (Wednesday, 30th August), that it intends to postpone the production of a fourth series of the popular drama show Red Rock.

Irish Equity Organiser, Karan O Loughlin, said: “The cast of Red Rock are extremely disappointed at this situation. The development of this show was a good initiative by TV3 to which the cast were very committed. All the indicators for the show were very positive. It has very good viewing figures on TV3 as well as being popular on the BBC and Amazon. The show has acquired a solid fan base, a fact obvious from the numbers who have taken to the Red Rock Facebook page to express their disappointment at the decision.

“The cast needs to be congratulated for its commitment to the creation of such a high quality and popular show and remains committed to rounding off the current season for its fans. This is a good production and Irish Equity members call on TV3 and any other interested parties to reconsider the decision to postpone it.”

Irish Equity President, Padraig Murray, said: “The loss of this production is a blow to the TV industry in Ireland. We have an abundance of talented and experienced cast and crew but there are just not enough TV productions to reflect this.

“The Government needs to take a serious look at how it is promoting and developing indigenous TV production in the Republic of Ireland, particularly in light of Britain’s exit from the EU meaning we cannot be overly reliant on incoming productions. We must have adequate funding and plans for indigenous TV production if we are to effectively use the talent and resources available.”

Michael Twomey – Actor Director – A Tribute

Michael Twomey was born in Cork in 1933. He made his first stage appearance in the old Cork Opera House in 1944 at the age 11, in Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! Pantomime and revues in Cork followed and his versatility as an actor, director and raconteur ensured steady work in all media for 70 years. At the age of 82, he played the lead role in a production of The Outgoing Tide at his beloved Everyman Theatre, Cork. Last year, he participated in a 1916 commemoration show that toured Co Cork, despite ill health. [Read more…]

Gerry Sullivan – A Tribute

The Irish Theatre World has lost another original member of the founding union, which became Irish Actors Equity Association. Gerry Sullivan a much revered actor, has died at the age of 92 in Wexford.

Though known by many for his portrayal of Dr. Howard in “The Riordans” TV series and then “Glenroe”, he made twenty other film appearances including, “Educating Rita”, “Kidnapped” and “The Irish RM”.

He was also the fourth and final Dr. Harry Murphy in RTE Radio’s longest running radio drama series, “Harbour Hotel”.

However, he was as a fine, second generation, stage actor when he established himself with the Abbey Theatre. Later he starred in, “The Country Boy”, “Does Your Mother?” “The Pearse Pageant” at the National Stadium, “Goodbye to the Hill” and “Michaelmas Eve”. Gerry featured in many Dublin Theatre Festivals, in London’s West End and, was an accomplished stage designer and director.

Moreover, he was a gentleman in every sense of the word; a joy to work with and a generous friend to all actors. He will be greatly missed by the profession that he graced so well.

Laurence Foster,
7th July, 2017


The executive committee of Irish Equity today sent condolences to those bereaved and injured in the bombing attack at Manchester Arena last night.

May Fest 2017

MayFest 2017 aims to celebrate and invigorate workers’ culture with a series of events in the home of Irish trade unionism. Produced by the SIPTU Dublin District Council this inaugural festival season includes plays and events that deal with working class history, culture and politics. Tickets available at the door. See the full listing of events

Support the Beijing Treaty on Work IP Day

Support the Beijing Treaty on Work IP Day – Tweet your photos of support using the hashtags #WorldIPDay #BeijingTreaty calling for strong IP rights for performers worldwide: The Beijing Treaty outlines global standards acknowledging the right of audiovisual performers to be compensated fairly for the use of their creative contributions. It grants performers economic rights to improve their livelihoods, as well as moral rights, giving them the ability to better protect their images. This treaty sets a landmark new global IP standard for audiovisual performances at international level. Read more at http://www.beijingtreaty.com/


Death of Deirdre Friel, former RTÉ Producer Director and Equity member

The death has occurred of Deirdre FRIEL KELLY ( Wife of  Barry Kelly)

Monkstown, Dublin / Bunbeg, Donegal

Our deepest sympathy to the Friel and Kelly  families  on the death of our colleague Deirdre Friel , former RTÉ TV Producer – Director.

FRIEL KELLY, Deirdre (Bunbeg, Co. Donegal, formerly of Monkstown, Co. Dublin and late of RTÉ). March 29th 2017. Peacefully, in the care of the staff in the Cara Ward at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Barry and loving mother of Niamh, Sara and Oisín. Sadly missed by her son, daughters, sons-in-law Johnny and Denis, Oisín’s partner Mars, grandchildren Daniel, Shane, Ben, Barry, Abbie and Donal, sisters Mary and Isolde, brother Michael, extended family, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Reposing on Friday afternoon, March 31st, from 4pm to 5pm in Carnegies Funeral Directors, The Crescent, Monkstown. Funeral Mass at 10.00 am on Saturday, 1st April, 2017 in St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown followed by Cremation at Mt. Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, D6w. Family flowers only please.

Date Published: Thursday 30th March 2017
Date of Death: Wednesday 29th March 2017

2017 Irish Equity AGM

NOTICE FOR MEMBERS: The 2017 Irish Equity AGM will take place in the Theatre in Liberty Hall on Sunday April 9th. Doors will open for 2pm for a 2.30pm start and the meeting will finish no later than 5.30pm. The full agenda will be sent to you in advance of the meeting.

This year the Equity Executive have decided to have a guest speaker at the AGM. This speaker will talk about the issue of taxation for performers and will cover issues such as double taxation, working as self-employed, working under an exclusion order, working with a duality of engagement arrangement and other issues. If you have a question about taxation, please email it to us at equity@siptu.ie by Friday March 24th so that we can ensure our expert can address as many queries as possible on the day.

The speaker will give a 15minute presentation at 4.30pm there will be a question and answer session thereafter.

The format for the business of the AGM will be similar to last year with motions moved from the rostrum. Movers of motions will have 5 minutes speaking time; seconders of motions will have 3 minutes and all other speakers will also have 3 minutes. The mover of motions will also have a 3-minute right of reply.

Motions Motions to the AGM must be submitted in writing to equity@siptu.ie on or before Friday March 24th.

Nominations for elections to any of the following must also be submitted in writing on or before Friday March 24th 2017 to equity@siptu.ie
Position of President
Position of Vice President
Committee Members (10)
Trustees (2)
Election of Board of Appeals Committee (3)

Attendance is open to all benefit members of the union. If you are unsure of the status of your membership you can call Aileen on 01 8586304 or email us on equity@siptu.ie as your subscription must be paid in advance or on the day for you to be eligible to attend.

This annual meeting is an important meeting for catching up to date with the work of the union, for interacting with other members of the union, sharing information and generally being part of the professional performing community in a practical way. Please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Karan O Loughlin
Irish Equity

Padraig Murray
President, Irish Equity

Special offer for Irish Equity members!

As part of impending VOYAGE week at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, they are offering three great workshops for actors and aspiring writers – at a cost not to be believed! [Read more…]