T. C. Murray.

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Catherine Currivan10/07/2009The renowned playwright, T. C. Murray. was Principal of the Model school from 1915 to 1932. There must be a few locals still around who remember him.
Michael O'Flanagan10/07/2009T.C. Murray Thomas Cornelius Murray was born on 17th January 1873 in Macroom, Co. Cork. He was educated at St. Patrick’s teachers training college in Drumcondra graduating in 1891. He became a national school teacher and taught at several schools in Cork. He was encouraged by Daniel Corkery to write plays, submitting The Wheel of Fortune to the Cork Drama Society’s Little Theatre (An Dún) in 1909. He was greatly affected by bitter experience with clerical school management at Rathduff, Co. Cork and this influenced his writings. He contributed articles to New Ireland Review, Dublin Magazine and The Bell. He was appointed head teacher of The Model School in Inchicore in 1915 remaining there until his to retirement in 1932. His plays which were performed at the Abbey were Birthright in 1910 and Maurice Harte which premiered at the Abbey in 1912 and was produced at the Royal Court, London during the Abbey tour of that year. His play Sovereign Love was produced in 1913 and The Serf which was produced in the Abbey in 1920 was based on his experience with clerical school management. Other plays by Murray included The Briery Gap 1922 and Autumn Fire 1924. He was director of Authors’ Guild and President of the Irish Playwrights’ Association., and Vice-President Irish Academy of Letters in 1949. He died on 7th March 1959 in Dublin. ( Kilmainham and Inchicore Local Dictionary of Biography)