|Died||13 November 2019 (aged 89)|
Frances Judith Kenny
(m. 1957; died 2002)
Niall Tóibín ([ni?l to:'b?i:n?]; 21 November 1929 - 13 November 2019) was an Irish comedian and actor. Born in Cork into an Irish speaking family, Tóibín grew up on the north-side of the city in Bishop's Field.
He appeared in Ryan's Daughter, Bracken, The Ballroom of Romance, The Irish R.M., Caught in a Free State, Ballykissangel, Far and Away, and Veronica Guerin. He was awarded honorary lifetime membership of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) in 2011 and the Freedom of Cork in 2015.
Tóibín was born in 1929 in Cork, Ireland, the sixth of seven children, born to Siobhán (née Ní Shúileabháin) and Seán Tóibín, native Irish speakers. His parents married in 1917. His father was born in Passage West, County Cork, and his parents came from Waterford and West Cork. Seán Tóibín was a teacher in the School of Commerce in Cork city and the author of two books, Blátha an Bhóithrín and Troscán na mBánta, on wayside and meadowland flowers, both written in the Irish language. His mother, Siobhán Ni Shúilleabháin, came from Beaufort, County Kerry.
Niall was born on the southside of Cork city in Friars' Walk. He was raised with Irish and used the language in his professional career, notably in the film Poitín. His siblings included Siobhán, Tomás (a poet), Déaglán, Filmin, Gobnait and Colm Tóibín.
As a child, he sang in the cathedral choir and in the Opera House in Cork. In his teens, he joined a drama society attached to the Keating Branch of the Gaelic League. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers at the North Monastery (North Mon) after which he left Cork for a job in the Civil Service in Dublin in January 1947.
From Ryan's Daughter and Bracken in the 1970s, to The Ballroom of Romance, The Irish R.M., Brideshead Revisited and Caught in a Free State in the 1980s, and Far and Away, Ballykissangel and Veronica Guerin in the 1990s and 2000s, Toibin's entertainment career in television, film and theatre spanned over four decades. He also acted for the radio, such as his guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.
In 2005, he "cemented" his hands outside the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. He made a speech saying, "It will be a proud day for me. My appearances on the Gaiety stage are without doubt the highlights of my career and I am honoured to have been asked to give my prints".
On 29 October 2002, Tóibín won Best Actor at the Christian Film and Television Excellence awards ceremony in Dublin.
He was honoured with the Irish Film and Television Academy's (IFTA) Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Irish Film Institute on 3 November 2011. The award meant Tóibín became an honorary IFTA lifetime member.
In May 2015, Tóibín was awarded the Freedom of Cork in recognition of his film, television and stage work.
|1969||Guns in the Heather||Kettering|||
|1971||Flight of the Doves||Sergeant O'Casey|||
|1971||L'iguana dalla lingua di fuoco||Doctor||Uncredited|
|1977||Philadelphia, Here I Come||Con Sweeney|
|1979||The Outsider||The Farmer|||
|1980||The Sleep of Death||Sean|
|1986||The Ballroom of Romance||Eyes Horgan|||
|1986||Rawhead Rex||Reverend Coot|||
|1986||Eat the Peach||Boots|||
|1990||Fools of Fortune||Lanigan|||
|1992||Far and Away||Joe|||
|1995||Frankie Starlight||Handy Paige|||
|2003||Veronica Guerin||Judge Ballaugh|||
|2018||Remains||Patrick||Short, (final film role)|
Niall [Tóibín] began training his voice as a child in the cathedral choir and the Opera House in Cork
The Irish language played an important role in Niall's life and his love for it shone through in the books that he published, and through his involvement in Poitín, which was the first Irish language feature film ever made
In the years before he died, Toibin[..] was diagnosed with a form of dementia called mild cognitive impairment