Death of ‘Miah’ of ‘Miah and Chah’

Death Miah Michael Twomey

Tributes have been paid for Michael Twomey, who passed away at the age of 84 last week

The Corkonian was probably best known for his role as Miah to actor Frank Duggan’s Cha in the 1970s RTÉ satirical series Hall’s Pictorial Weekly.

He made his stage debut at the age of 11 in a production of Eugene O’Neills Ah! Wilderness at the old Cork Opera House.

But showing how long his career spanned for, he played the lead role in a production of The Outgoing Tide at the Everyman Theatre at the age of 82.

In 2013, he was awarded the Freedom of Cork City for ‘his unwavering lifetime contribution to professional and amateur theatre, arts, drama and song in Cork City’ and for his generosity in supporting the development of emerging talent in Cork.

Extending his deepest sympathies to his family, the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Tony Fitzpatrick said he was a true Corkonian and a legend within Cork theatre circles.

Denis Sweeney, chair of the Board of the Everyman Palace Theatre described the late actor as a colossus and most valued elder statement for those privileged to serve with him on the board of the theatre.

Playwright Declan Hassett paid tribute to Twomey at his requiem mass at St Michael’s Church in Blackrock, Cork, stating that when Twomey appeared as Miah on television, audiences were initially more struck by his unique Cork accent rather than his words.

“People laughed first at the Cork accent but then they recognised the timing and delivery and the writing and the universality of the humour,” he said. “There is universality in good humour, it travels well. Cha and Miah would have worked anywhere in the world, except possibly in the White House.”

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