Monday, February 22, 2021

The late Des Manahan, whose remarkable stage career spanned almost 80 years. Photo: Joe Evans

WATERFORD City & County Council is to consider a permanent public tribute to theatrical great Des Manahan, who died on Friday, January 22.

During the Metropolitan District’s February meeting, Cllr Jason Murphy (FF) queried: “Can the Council do something to commemorate the life of Des Manahan? Des was a titan of the theatre and the arts in the city and surely this Council should do something outside the Theatre Royal, to commemorate the life of Des and his contribution to the city.”

In response, party colleague Cllr Adam Wyse (FF) who chairs the Council’s Housing & Culture Special Policy Committee (SPC) that a consideration to honour the late Mr Manahan was on the SPC’s agenda.

This news was welcomed by both Cllr Murphy and Metropolitan Mayor Davy Daniels (Ind). Mayor Daniels also tabled a vote of sympathy to Mrs Mona Manahan and her family on the loss of “a most talented member of a well-known Waterford family”.

Mayor Daniels told colleagues: “Des was an excellent actor in both drama and musicals and he really was legend here in Waterford, after decades of performances at the Theatre Royal and his reputation extended countrywide. He also had a great reputation for helping up and coming actors and I know all of us as a Council would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Des’s family.”

Cllr Mary Roche (Ind) added: “Des excelled in the really important things of life, love and art and he will be an awful loss to the artistic community in Waterford.”

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