At 2.30 p.m. today, Thursday14th November, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. John Sheehan will open a Book of Condolences in the Atrium of Cork City Hall in memory of the distinguished Irish actor and Freeman of Cork City, Níall Tóibín, whose death was announced yesterday.
The Lord Mayor said: “There is a palpable sense of sadness in Cork that one of our much loved sons, a proud Freeman of the City, has passed on.”
“Níall Tóibín was an unforgettable presence both on and off the
stage. His love of Cork, Ireland and Irish language and culture was
renowned; that rich, resonant voice beloved by generations on both sides
of the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean. A boy from the Northside of Cork
City, Níall Tóibín grew to become an Irish cultural reference point
starring in everything from Ryan’s Daughter to the Ballroom of Romance
to Veronica Guerin, Father Ted and Ballykissangel”.
Níall Tóibín was awarded the Freedom of Cork City in 2015. Lord Mayor of Cork at that time, former Cllr. Mary Shields said of him in her conferring speech, “Níall is the quintessential Cork man possessing that unique Cork DNA amalgam which outsiders find impenetrable.”
The Book of Condolence will be open for signing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday for two weeks.