The late Sean Judge - a man of his time

Pictured at the Photo Exhibition of the Silken Thomas Players at the Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge last February were Sean Judge, Conor O Connell, Bernadette Rochford, Connie Broderick.  Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
A man who was never afraid to push the boundaries. A man with artistic flair. A family man. These were some of the tributes paid to Sean Judge, Director of the Silken Thomas Players who passed away suddenly last week.

A man who was never afraid to push the boundaries. A man with artistic flair. A family man. These were some of the tributes paid to Sean Judge, Director of the Silken Thomas Players who passed away suddenly last week.

A huge crowd gathered to pay their final respects to the Lullymore man at the Church of Assumption, Rathangan last Sunday June 9.

The director of the Abbey Theatre, Fiach MacConghail, playwrights, actors, friends, family and neighbours packed the church to capacity as Parish Priest, Fr. Gerard O’Byrne told how Sean founded the Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park. Now almost 25 years in existence, “that will be his legacy,” he said.

Fr. Byrne noted he was not afraid to be controversial, which prompted a few grins from the congregation. He said he was a man with great artistic flare.

Sean directed some of the Player’s most controversial plays and lead them to All Ireland glory.

In fact, the Players managed to win eight out of eight drama festivals on the open circuit, a feat never achieved before.

He put them on a level with the professional drama elite, which lead them to be invited to perform at The Abbey.

Such was the admiration the group had for the director, that they performed a guard of honour at his funeral.

Some members, who have been friends for years, also sang at the mass.

Sean’s son Johnny gave a moving speech about how his father taught them how to treat people with respect. He spoke of his talents, and stressed he was both a family man and a community man, who will be terribly missed.

Sean is survived by his wife Geraldine, son Jonathan, daughters Jennifer, Justine and Janet, brothers Brian and Michael, sisters Ann and Paula, daughter in law Maria, son in law Ron, grandchild Charlie, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews.

Sean was laid to rest just a mile from his beloved Heritage Park in the historic Lullymore graveyard.

- Niamh O’Donoghue