The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing on Friday, January 16 of Padraig O'Faolain who worked in the Abbey theatre at the stage door for 20 years.
Speaking today, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said, "The Council is deeply saddened at the passing of Padraig O’Faolain who was a well-known figure in the arts world. He was full of life and added colour, acruity, wit and humour in great measure to the Dublin arts world."
Hundreds of actors who went through the doors of the Abbey knew him as "Father Pat", because he defined the job as embracing the care and welfare of those who passed through the doors, particularly young or novice actors who needed to feel welcome in a seemingly formidable and world-famous institution.
He became interested in painting in his early 20s and shared a studio with Geoff Steiner-Scott in Lincoln Lane for a period in the early 1970s. He also had a fine singing voice, a light baritone, which was one of his most admired assets. He was a true Dublin character and will be sadly missed.