ISA Seminar: 90 years Gate Theatre

The seminar held on February 13th this year was dedicated to the Dublin Gate Theatre’s computing 90 years. A large audience enjoyed five lively and in parts theatrical papers about the Gate Theatre and its founders Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir. Maître de cérémonie was Hugh Linehan, Arts and Culture Editor (Irish Times), introducing speakers Dr David Clare (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Colette O’Flaherty (Keeper of Archival Collections, National Library of Ireland), Barry Houlihan (archivist, NUI, Galway), Des Lally (NUI, Galway), and Dr Mary Clark (Dublin City Archivist). Each paper was generously illustrated with photographs of stage productions as well as Mac Liammóir’s captivating drawings and sketches, proving that he was a superb and imaginative draughtsman as well as a humorous correspondent. To add real dramatic flair, Dr Clare laced his talk with dialogue from plays by Mary Manning, Christine Longford and Maura Laverty and proved that their comical potential is not diminished despite the decades that have passed since their first productions.

A panel discussion honed in on the two founders’ huge energy, diligence and courtesy while also broadening out to the archives of the Abbey Theatre and the theatre company of Edward Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford and Christine Longford (“the Longfords”) who for a time partnered with the Gate.

The papers will be published in this year’s Irish Archives which will be launched in November 2018


2nd May –  Celebrating 90 years of ESB

7th February – Hidden Pages of Irish Sports History