07 June 2011: The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of Phyllis Ryan.

The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of Phyllis Ryan.
 
Speaking about the loss, Ms Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council said, "Her achievements span nine decades of Irish theatre and film. Her roles in the Abbey theatre ranged from Blanaid in the 1936 production of The Moon in the Yellow River  to a role in the chorus in a 2000 production of Medea. She was a contemporary of Barry Fitzgerald and starred in many film and TV roles during her long career. She also continued to appear in exciting and cutting edge fringe productions throughout, lending support and giving encouragement to many generations of theatre practitioners. Her influence on the arts in Ireland in Ireland extended well beyond her performances. Her company Gemini productions was resident in the Elbana theatre from 1959 and she was a ground breaking producer committed to producing new plays and bringing the best of contemporary work to Irish audiences throughout the sixties, seventies and in subsequent decades. Her passing truly marks the end of an era. The name Phyllis Ryan will live on in the minds and hearts of the artistic community and people of Ireland as a symbol of the unwavering energy, versatility and tenacity of Irish art."

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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