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Michael Twomey of Cha & Miah fame passes away

Cork actor and comedian Michael Twomey has sadly passed away. 

Twomey was one-half of Cork comedy duo Cha & Miah. He was very well known in the theatre starting at the age of 11 in the Cork Opera House. He went on to act, write, direct and produce over six decades.

He died at the age of 83 following a short illness.

Below Cha & Miah discuss as to why they were not invited to appear on the late late show with all the other
Cork celebrities 1982

Mr O’Connell, who worked alongside Mr Twomey for some 33 years in various theatre and pantomime roles, including 21-years in the Summer Revels, said he was a “gifted actor and producer, and gentlemen to his fingertips”.

“He was one of the great theatre figures in Ireland – he had no equal,” he said.

“He was a great man, and he will be sadly missed.”

Julie Kelleher,  who was artistic director of the Everyman Palace Theatre said he was a joy to work with.

“He brought fierce intelligence to the board, and questioned things intelligently,” she said.

“As well as his interest in the artistic side, he had a keen business sense too, and that was really valuable to us.

“He had great empathy for the work we had to do, and his dedication to his role on the board was immense.

“I don’t think he missed a board meeting until his illness.

“He really loved the place. It meant a huge deal to him.”

 

 

Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald has expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy on behalf of the people of Cork city to the family of the legendary Cork actor Michael Twomey.

“Michael Twomey was a legend within Cork theatre. A true corkonian, the people of Cork awaited his appearances on the RTE TV show “Halls Pictorial Weekly” bringing the cork humour to the national stage. In 2013, he was conferred with the Freedom of Cork City by my predecessor, the former Lord Mayor Cllr John Buttimer along with fellow Cork actors Frank Duggan and Billa O’Connell.

“He received the award for his unwavering lifetime contribution to professional and amateur theatre, arts, drama and song in Cork City and for his generosity in supporting the development of emerging talent in Cork. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

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