Recalling how the Galway theatre An Taibhdhearc opened with Micheál MacLiammóir's Diarmuid agus Gráinne.
On 27 August 1928 Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Ireland's first Irish language theatre opened its doors with a production of Micheál Mac Liammóir's 'Diarmuid agus Gráinne'.
The idea of an Irish speaking theatre for Galway was the brainchild of Dr Seamus O'Byrne, who with the help of Mr Liam Ó Briain of University College Galway and a local committee saw the dream become a reality.
With a government grant of six hundred pounds, Micheál Mac Liammóir was enlisted to breathe theatrical life into the enterprise. Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the national Irish language theatre, opened in Galway with Micheál's play ‘Diarmuid agus Gráinne’ as its first production.
The opening night included guests Earnán de Blaghd (Ernest Blythe), Pádraic Ó Conaire, and Lady Gregory.
The part of Diarmuid was played by Mac Liammóir himself. Máire Ní Scolaí describes how she came to play Gráinne and recalls Micheál Mac Liammoir as being both musical and cultured.
A very, very charming person. He was unusual.
'Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe' was broadcast on 26 October 1978. The programme was presented by Padraic Dolan.