Final curtain call for Limerick theatre hero.

BEING part of the Limerick theatre community as a young boy played a huge part in forming me as a man.

From the moment I started with Oliver in 1991 with the Cecilians I was immersed in a community that boasted some of the finest people you could meet.

One of those was John Finn.

Nigel Dugdale with late John Finn.

Nigel Dugdale with late John Finn.

On stage or off, John’s presence made you feel like you were part of something special. I admired his ability to write. I admired his ability to perform. I admired his ability to paint sets, build things or simply get involved in every aspect of any kind of show down through the years.

He was involved in the early days of pirate radio in Limerick presenting on the Big L station with the like of Declan Copues.

His love for theatre and everything that goes with it goes back to the early 1980s when he took part in the Tops of the Town competition. In 1985, he got wind that Tony Cusack was contemplating establishing a Panto Society in the city and, without hesitation, John became a founding member.

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