Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Long-lost Mick Lally film lined up for tribute

Veteran Irish actor Mick Lally, who played Miley Byrne in the Glenroe TV series, died aged 64

An RTE drama lost for 30 years in which the late Mick Lally gives "the performance of a lifetime" is to be the highlight of a tribute night.

The actor, who died on August 31, stars as a lovelorn odd-job man in the 1979 RTE play 'Roma', which hasn't been seen since it was first screened.

Penned by Eugene McCabe, it is to be shown next Monday at a special tribute to Lally at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin.

"This film is enormously significant because as far as his friends and colleagues are concerned, this was Mick Lally's finest performance on screen in his whole career. It's only sad that it is being shown now in the context of his death," Sunniva O'Flynn, curator of the Irish Film Institute, told the Irish Independent.

Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre, said: "Mick Lally's fame on television can sometimes overshadow the very significant work he did on Irish film, including Roma, in which he gave the most powerful of performances."

Although best known for his long-running appearance as Miley in RTE's 'Bracken' and 'Glenroe', Lally appeared in short films and dramas, including Billy McCannon's short, 'That's All Right', also being screened as part of the tribute night, in which he played a rural motorcycle mechanic.

Other memorable film performances include 'The Ballroom of Romance' alongside Brenda Fricker in 1982 and 'Circle of Friends' in 1995.

His final performance was in the yet-to-be-released film 'Snap'.

Proceeds from the tribute night are being donated to Pakistan flood aid. Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477, and online at www.ifi.ie

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