Freedom of the City for Garry Hynes Saoirse na Cathrach do Ghearóidín Ní Eidhin16 June 2006
World-renowned theatre director Garry Hynes was awarded the Freedom of Galway City last night at a special meeting of Galway City Council at the Town Hall Theatre.
Ms. Hynes has gained tremendous acclaim over the years for her work with the Druid Theatre Company, winning a Tony Award in the 1990s for her role as director of Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Beauty Queen of Lenane’.
Ms. Hynes was born in Roscommon and moved with her family to Galway at the age of 13. It was during her studies at UCG where Hynes was inspired to set up the first ever professional theatre company outside of Dublin, with colleagues Mick Lally and Marie Mullen.
There was a large representation of the Galway arts community present at yesterday’s event in the Town Hall Theatre. The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Brian Walsh described Ms. Hynes as ‘a woman who showed tremendous vision and energy, and brought enormous credit to Galway by reaching the pinnacle of her chosen career’. She had ‘made history by becoming the first woman ever to have won a Tony Award’.
Ms. Hynes spoke of the honour that she felt to have been made a Freeman of the City. She told all in attendance of her love for Galway City, from an early age in Roscommon, and of the great men and women with whom she had worked throughout the years.
Ms Hynes emphasised the importance of those in authority supporting all who are involved in the arts and that financial support should be commensurate with the huge amount of work that is put in by most people involved in the arts in Galway.
Ms. Hynes also called for the immediate release from ‘house arrest’ of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese poet who has been held captive for her work to progress democracy in that country. Aung San Suu Kyi was made Freeman of Galway City in 2003.
Tugadh Saoirse Chathair na Gaillimhe don stiúrthóir amharclannaíochta, Gearóidín Ní Eidhin, ag cruinniú speisialta de chuid na Comhairle Cathrach in Amharclann na Cathrach aréir.
Tá clú agus cáil bainte amach ag Gearóidín i ngeall ar a cuid oibre leis an gcomhlacht drámaíochta, Druid, agus d’éirigh léi gradam Tony a bhaint amach ar a cuid oibre le drama Martin McDonagh, ‘The Beauty Queen of Lenane’ ins na naochadaí.
Rugadh Gearóidín i Ros Comáin agus bhog sise agus a clan go Cathair na Gaillimhe nuair a bhí sí 13 bliana d’aois. Nuair a bhí sí i mbun staidéir in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe in éineacht le Marie Mullen agus Mick Lally bhunaigh sí comhlacht Druid – an chéad chomhlacht amharclannaíocht gairmiúl taobh amuigh de Bhaile Átha Cliath.
Bhí an-chuid de phobal ealaíne na Gaillimhe i láthair aréir. Labhair Méara Chathair na Gaillimhe, an Cllr. Brian Walsh, ar an fhuinnimh agus an fhís a bhí ag Ní Eidhin chun clú a bhaint amach di féin agus don chathair.
Labhair Ní Eidhin féin ar an grá atá aici do Chathair na Gaillimhe agus ar an meas atá aici ar na healaíontóirí ar fad atá ag treabhadh talún i nGaillimhe. Ba chóir, dar léi, go dtabharfadh lucht na húdaráise níos mó tacaíochta airgid do na daoine sin.
Ar deireadh, mhol Ní Eidhin go scaoilfidh saor ó phriosún tí láithreach Aung San Suu Kyi, bean a bhain Saoirse Chathair na Gaillimhe amach i 2005 ach atá faoi ghlas i mBurma i ngeall ar a cuid oibre uilig chun an daonlathachas a thabhairt isteach sa tír sin.