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Tommy Murphy was one of the four ex-students recruited in 1951. He went on to reform Enniscorthy light Opera Society in 1952, become chairman of the Enniscorthy Musical and Dramatic Society in 1973 and star in many of their early productions. Indeed his name has been synonymous with musical theatre in Enniscorthy and he has countless fond memories of the many productions.

One of the most memorable shows for Tommy was
Cabaret in 1978. It would have been rather risqué to produce this show at the time. Tommy, who played the part of Herr Schultz, remembers that “there was a powerful reaction to the show”.

The Desert Song - Tommy Murphy

He also recollects that some nuns, who came to see the show, weren’t allowed back in after the interval by their Mother Superior. However they rang him later that week to find out what happened in the end!

The Pirates of Penzance was another favourite of his even though he remembers ‘getting a blank’ in the middle of the Major General’s big number. He recalls looking down at the Musical Director who was frantically looking through his book and thinking to himself “well forget about Fr. Noel Cannon there!” He walked around the stage until suddenly it all came back to him!

The Mikado 1954 - George Macken, Tommy Murphy, Patrick Askins & Seamus Commerford

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