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 the Garda 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

Trim to host Medieval Summer Prom

Following in the success of “Braveheart 20”, a special screening of the Oscar winning film, the Sean Lawlor Artist’ Trust announces ‘King Johns Summer Prom”. Taking place in the breathtaking grounds of Trim Castle, Co.Meath, the event will host an array of local and national talent playing on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of July, with special guests, including The Drogheda Orchestra Collective.

The weekend of music will include Trims own Kathy Crinnion and Frank McNamara on Piano to kick off the event, followed by some of the most memorable movie soundtracks of our times such as The Lord of the Rings, Dances with Wolves, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more, with lots of guest star singers and also our very own Teresa Lowe will be our MC for the evening.

On Saturday, the 22nd Music legend Don Baker and the Drogheda Orchestra Collective with special guest Patrick Bergin aka Sleeping with the Enemy will perform as will Mike Hanrahan From Stockton’s Wing and Lesley Dowdall from in Tua Nua and Brian Furlong and guests playing all their hits with the Orchestra. We are also Delighted to Welcome Leah Barniville who put in such a great performance with Britain’s Got Talent. The outdoor-seated event will take place in the grounds of Trim Castle, the Norman fortress that was extensively used in the making of the iconic move Braveheart. Trim Castle, Irelands largest, best-preserved & most impressive Anglo-Norman castle is the perfect backdrop to spend a summer night appreciating the best of North East.

“King Johns Summer Prom” is a non-profit event with all proceeds going to the Sean Lawlor Artists’ Trust and other local charities, such as Meath River Rescue, Trim Red Cross, St Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit, Trim Meals-on-Wheels and Boards Mill GAA club The Sean Lawlor Trust is a charity organization that has been set up to help artists who find themselves in need of medical care or attention.

Sean Lawlor played Malcolm Wallace in ‘Braveheart’ but sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2009. Shortly after Sean’s passing, the trust was set up to ensure better support of Irish artists in need.

Tickets from Ticketmaster:
€20 euro standing
€35 seated
Family of 4 for €50 Two Adults and two children under 16
on sale at


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


Farewell to Fidel Night

A night of song, tributes and film remembering the historic significance of Fidel Castro to international progressive politics will take place in Liberty Hall on Tuesday, 18th April. The date of the event coincides with the 56th anniversary of the defeat by Cuban forces of an invasion by counter-revolutionaries, backed by the CIA, at Playa Girón in Cuba.

Among those who will address the event are the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Dr. Hermes Herrera Hernández and SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor. Musicians performing will include Tony Oscar and the Cuban All Stars and Leo Rickard, Paul Kelly and Eric Fleming.

Message to Performers

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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 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 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
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 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…]