The Abbey Theatre pays tribute to Eileen Colgan

The Abbey Theatre pays tribute to Eileen Colgan

10 March 2014

Liam Neeson, Eileen Colgan and Dermot Tuohy in The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by Patrick Mason on the Peacock stage, 1980. Photo: Fergus Bourke

In a tribute to actress Eileen Colgan, Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre said, “Eileen Colgan had a long and successful career at the Abbey Theatre. Among her memorable performances were as Molly Bloom in Ulysses in Nighttown and as Mrs. Cafferty in Mary Makebelieve. She was a wonderful actress who had a particular gift for mischief which she played brilliantly.

Eileen will be missed by her many friends and fellow actors who shared the stage with her. I extend my deepest sympathies to Katy, Cathal, Ben and Clara, and to her grandchildren and all her family.”

Eileen Colgan and the Abbey

Eileen Colgan’s career at the Abbey Theatre spanned 17 years, from 1971 to 1988. After joining the Abbey Theatre Players she appeared regularly in shows including The Winters Tale, Measure for Measure, The Hostage, Ulysses in Nightown, Richard’s Cork Leg and Talbot’s Box amongst many others (the latter two shows also enjoyed successful London seasons).

Among her many major roles were as Molly Bloom in Ulysses in Nighttown (1971) directed by Tomás MacAnna and Mrs. Geoghegan in The Whiteheaded Boy by Lennox Robinson (1974).

She performed in plays by writers ranging from George Farquhar, Flann O’Brien, J.M. Synge and Sean O’Casey to contemporary writers Bernard Farrell, Neil Donnelly and Eoghan Harris.

Eileen had the distinction of being invited to play Molly Bloom during the James Joyce Centenary Celebrations in Toyko in 1982.

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