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Samuel Beckett and Foxrock

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Derek Flynn

Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate is regarded as one of the world’s greatest writers but in Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, his strong connection with the city is a matter of pride. He was born in his family’s home on Kerrymount Avenue in Foxrock on Good Friday 13th April 1906 and was educated in Dublin before being sent to Portora Royal School in Enniskillen. He entered Trinity College Dublin in 1923, having spent much of his childhood tramping the fields of Foxrock, Carrickmines, Leopardstown and the Old Military Road in the company of his father.

After periods in Belfast, Paris, London and Germany he finally moved to Paris in 1937 but remained influenced by his early years in south Dublin. He frequently attended Tullow Church on Brighton Road in Foxrock with his mother and remembered that the family had ‘a pew close to the pulpit, which they shared with a market gardener called Watt Tyler’. (From: Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson London: Bloomsbury 1996). He attended Sunday School in Tullow Church and, in 1912, he was awarded the prize of a bible for ‘Diligence and Attendance’.

Among his works influenced by the Foxrock area and its inhabitants are Dream of Fair to Middling Women, All That Fall and Watt.

To commemorate and honour Beckett’s connection with Foxrock an annual Beckett in Foxrock event is held and a commemorative plaque was unveiled in Tullow Church in 2016 by his niece Caroline.

Beckett in Foxrock 2017 – THE END performed by Marcus Lamb

Saturday 25th March at 8pm

Tullow Church, Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Darkly funny but with brilliant humour, The End by Samuel Beckett, will be performed in Tullow Church, Foxrock by well-known actor Marcus Lamb on Saturday 25th March at 8pm. This will be a special, limited capacity event in a unique location inextricably linked with one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Tickets at €25 are on sale via Eventbrite.ie (search for Beckett in Foxrock 2017) and include a wine reception and an exhibition depicting Beckett and Foxrock.

Beckett in Foxrock is the second annual event honouring the writer’s connection with the area.

Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate, was born and brought up in Foxrock and was a regular attender, along with his mother, at Tullow Church. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Beckett’s niece in 2016.

Marcus Lamb, who played Des O’Malley in Charlie, Padraig Pearse in RTE’s Rebellion will shortly be seen in the film adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture. Marcus has toured with Druid in Australia, North America, Japan, Ireland and Europe and is an experienced Beckett actor.

Beckett in Foxrock 2017 – THE END is organised by the Parish of Tullow and Mouth on Fire Theatre Company in association with FACE (Foxrock Area Community and Enterprise)

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