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Michael Twomey laid to rest

Friday, 18th August, 2017 11:56am

By April Wefler and Abigail Baker

Michael Twomey, who was one half of the beloved Cha and Miah duo, was laid to rest today.

A Requiem Mass was held in his honor at St Michael’s Church in Blackrock at 1pm.

Mr Twomey, also known as his alter-ego Miah, was a legend of Cork theatre. He was known for RTÉ’s ‘Pictorial Weekly’ which ran from 1971-1982 every Wednesday night.

He was born in 1933 in Blackrock and his fascination with theatre originated in the James Stack School, largely due to his mother’s interest in his acting talent. In 1944, aged 11, he was introduced to stage audiences at the old Opera House.

“He had a very good personality, very warm-hearted. He was a wonderful actor, but also a very good director of plays,” Frank ‘Cha’ Duggan told the Cork Independent.

Mr Duggan partnered with Mr Twomey for almost 42 years. They began on the Halls programme ‘Newsbeat’ in 1969 which later changed its name to Pictorial Weekly.

“He was a superb director. He had a great eye for detail and he was a perfectionist in everything he did,” Mr Duggan added.

Along with Mr Duggan, Mr Twomey was recognised for his theatrical achievements when he was granted the Freedom of the City in 2013. The duo were also awarded a Jacobs Award from RTÉ in the 1970s.

A member of the Everyman Theatre board for over 20 years and chairman of the board in 2016, Mr Twomey wrote and directed the annual pantomime at Cork Opera House for almost 30 years. He produced and directed ‘Summer Revels’ for 21 consecutive years in the Opera House.

“He was integral to shaping what is Cork theatre. He was a loyal friend, he had a great sense of fun, loved to banter and was always a gentleman in all his dealings,” said Pat Talbot, Director/Chief Executive of Everyman from 2001-2011.

“Michael Twomey was a legend within Cork theatre. A true Corkonian, the people of Cork awaited his appearances on ‘Halls Pictorial Weekly,’ bringing the Cork humour to the national stage,” said Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald.

“Michael was a true legend of the theatrical life of Cork and he played a significant role in the artistic and cultural development of the city. He has left a legacy of work and talent he has mentored and developed over the years,” said Cllr John Buttimer, the former Lord Mayor who awarded Mr Twomey the Freedom of the City.

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