Ray McBride RIP

Druid mourns the death of actor and dancer, Ray McBride.

He was celebrated in his native Galway, across the country and abroad. He will be fondly remembered by all of us who knew him.

'Druid was first introduced to Ray by his mother Kathleen who told us about her talented son. We invited him to audition for us when he returned to Galway from a college scholarship in America and cast him without hesitation. His dozens of acting credits with Druid included The Wood of the Whispering (1983), Conversations on a Homecoming (1985) and Waiting for Godot (1987)' - Druid’s Artistic Director, Garry Hynes.

As well as being a talented actor, Ray was an extraordinary dancer with a gift of rhythm and an ability to express so much through his dance. He worked on the movement and choreography of many of our productions.

‘Ray was an exceptional talent and one of the nicest and most generous of men. I'll miss him so much’ - Garry Hynes.

Our thoughts are with Ray's mother, his family and many friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Image: Ray McBride (third from left) with fellow cast members Paul Brennan, Jane Brennan, Pat Leavy, Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Maelíosa Stafford in Conversations on a Homecoming (1985).