07/06/11

07.06.11 Minister Deenihan Offers his Sympathy on the Death of Phyllis Ryan

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has offered his sympathy following the death of Phyllis Ryan.

Minister Deenihan said: “I am deeply saddened at hearing of the passing of Phyllis Ryan, one of the great stalwarts of Irish Theatre. Phyllis lived and led many decades of Irish Theatre history and has left a lasting impression with all who knew her.

“She was a doyenne of Irish Theatre, who forged her way with extraordinary determination and creativity from the early days right through to modern times. As a prolific actor, director and producer, she was a highly significant figure in Irish Theatre and much loved by all her peers.

“Through her association with many companies, including Gemini Productions, which she formed in 1960, Phyllis was an indelible part of our theatrical tradition and can never be replaced.

“I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Phyllis at this very difficult time.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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