The writer Sean O'Casey died at his home in Torquay in the south of England on 18 September 1964. He had left his native Ireland in 1926.
Born in Dublin in 1880, O'Casey drew on his Dublin tenement roots to write plays such as 'Juno and the Paycock' (1924) and 'The Plough and the Stars', (1926). Both plays were first performed at the Abbey Theatre and remain popular today.
This RTÉ News report was broadcast the following day, when the Abbey closed as a mark of respect. Actor Gabriel Fallon pays tribute to O'Casey outside the house at 422 North Circular Road, Dublin, where the playwright lived for a while. Fallon was director of the Abbey Theatre at the time. He had been friendly with O'Casey and appeared in some of his plays. Ernest Blythe, managing director of the theatre, and actress May Craig also give their reaction to the death.
RTÉ News 19 September 1964 the reporter was Kevin O'Kelly