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1930 - 2006

Born in Inverin Co. Galway, he was more commonly known as Johnny Chóil Mhaidhc. He played the lead role in An Dochtúir Bréige, a play by Fionán Ó Loingsigh and went on to win a gold medal for acting with Taidhbhearc na Gaillimhe. Fascinated by the theatre, he took to writing comic drama. Most of his plays, in which he usually played the leading character, among them the Oireachtas prize-winning Pionta Amháin Uisce, An Tincéara Buí (1962) and Ortha na Seirce (1968), are based on folk themes and stock situations. Other plays include An Crústóir (1985) and An Mhéar Fhada (1992).