12 December 2006: Arts Council expresses its regret on the passing of former Council member Patrick Murray

The Arts Council is deeply saddened by the passing of former member Patrick Murray, who was a member of the Arts Council from 1993-1998.

Speaking today, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: "Patrick Murray contributed in many ways to the vibrancy of the arts in Ireland. As a member of the Arts Council, he was an enthusiastic champion for dance. During his tenure, the Arts Council made its then largest ever grant to dance of €1.27m (£1m) to create a centre for dance in Dublin’s city centre. He was a committed artist, but, equally memorably, a larger than life character who imbued his extensive work in the arts with a joie de vivre that was inspirational, lifting the mood of those around him and contributing to the quality of many lives. The Irish arts world is much the poorer for his passing. We offer our sympathy to his family and friends".

From Cork, Patrick Murray graduated from the Crawford School of Art and has worked on the design of plays, opera, ballet, pantomime and musicals for more than three decades: from Dublin to London’s West End and Broadway. He worked closely with the Irish National Ballet Director Joan Denise Moriarty for many years.

Patrick Murray was a member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland. His most recent productions include: "Die Fledermaus" at Cork Opera House and "Someone Who’ll Watch Over" at the Cork Arts Theatre. Patrick had also designed interiors for many historic civic buildings, including the City Hall in Cork.


Issued by: Joe Stuart, Press and Communications Officer, The Arts Council, 01-6180235

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