Sappy Days

By August 19, 2016April 25th, 2021No Comments

Clifden’s 39th Arts Festival will take place from the 15th-25th of September 2016.  Renowned for nurturing the arts amongst young people, this 10 day, Autumnal festival will inspire and enchant visitors and locals. It features many interesting and educational talks revolving around the arts, human consciousness, aviation, sacred music and many more from some of the world’s most fascinating people. On the 23rd of September, a compelling, nostalgic talk entitled ‘Sappy Days’ will be given by one of Ireland’s finest actors, Clive Geraghty.

Clive Geraghty will recount the significant moments and the trials and tribulations in his life that resulted in him becoming a sensational actor. He will explain how at the tender age of 17, he joined the Irish Army Air Corps as a mechanic and left in 1965 and entered the Abbey theatre to become an actor and how he eventually became a prestigious member of the Abbey Company. Along the way he will remember the people who had a significant influence on him when he was starting out on his extensive, successful career in the Abbey, which was to last for 43 years. He will also outline his devastation at being sacked one year after starting in the National Theatre, and the impact that this had on his life.

A multi-talented man, he has performed in nearly 200 plays and worked in radio, television and film. Some of his memorable on screen-appearances include ‘The Tudors’, ‘Father Ted’ ‘The Clinic’ and his Screen work 2015, filming opposite Vanessa Redgrave in a screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s “The Secret Scripture” directed by Jim Sheridan. He has also written several plays, scripts for Fair City, essays for Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word and has published ‘A Diary of an Abbey Theatre Tour’.

Clive Geraghty has toured extensively with the Abbey dazzling audiences all over the globe with his spectacular acting ability in the US, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Finland. In 2007, he took a break from his acting career to go to University and has a Diploma in Irish and in 2011 he was awarded first class honours degree in modern Irish in Maynooth University.

He will deliver his talk with humorous anecdotes and honest, heartfelt stories all adding spice to this warm account of the early life of an actor. This talk is certainly not to be missed!

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