Bench installed to commemorate late actor

by Rachel Cunningham
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A memorial bench has been installed in memory of the late actor and Drimnagh native, Johnny Murphy, best known for his role as trumpet player Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan in The Commitments, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Derkin Down, chairperson of the Benmadigan Residents Group, commented: “The idea first came about by a resident who has lived on the road his entire life, Aidan Foley. He brought it to the attention of the Benmadian Residents Group.

“The reason for erecting it is that Johnny was Benmadigan’s most famous son and we felt we that Drimnagh gets its fair share of bad publicity but we have produced a lot of talent and they have to be celebrated.”

The bench will be placed on Benmadigan, just opposite Johnny’s former home, and provides a view of the entire green. It was paid for through donations from various places such as The Gate Theatre, St John Bosco Youth centre, where Johnny started acting, The Workman’s Club Inchicore, where he would socialise, the Benmadian Residents Group and Patrick Bergin, an actor friend of Johnny’s.

President Mr Micheal D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, were in attendance, in addition to Colm Meaney and many local residents.

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