Brian Friel once said that Donal McCann’s theatre work “contains extraordinary characteristics that go beyond acting… it is deeply spiritual”. Following his performance in Sebastian Barry’s The Steward of Christendom in New York, Newsweek hailed him as “a world-class star” and “the greatest actor in the English-speaking world”, the New York Observer described him as giving a “performance of unarguable greatness”, and the New York Times referred to him as an “astonishing Irish actor… widely regarded as the finest of them all”. His acting of the same play in The Abbey is arguably the single finest performance by any actor on the Dublin stage. donal mccann portait

In 2011 the Past Pupils Union launched an exciting and ambitious legacy project to honour Donal, who passed away in 1999 at the age of just 56. A joint venture between the Union and the school, the scheme envisaged a major renovation of the Concert Hall, with the goal of improving the experience for both actors and audience, and providing a performance space that can now be enjoyed and appreciated not just by the school, its pupils and their families, but also by the wider local community. 

Terenure College has had a long and hugely successful history of endowing Irish theatre, television and cinema with many of its most well-respected, inspiring and talented actors. By supporting this project, you have helped to provide an environment which will further nurture and encourage the next generation of acting talent to graduate from school plays to performing on stage and screen.

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