Michael Joseph Molloy or ‘M.J. Molloy’ was a famous international dramatist and playwright. Born in Milltown on the 3rd March 1914, Molloy attended St Jarlath’s college, Tuam for his education and later attended the Columban seminary at Dalgin Park in Shrule to study for the priesthood. 

Unfortunately his plans to join the priesthood were scuppered when he contracted tuberculosis and he had to abandon his studies. During his time in Dublin, his regular visits to the Abbey Theatre sparked his interest and love for theatre. He returned to Milltown and began writing. His first play, Old Road was produced in The Abbey Theatre in 1943. His plays were based on his own experiences of rural life, visiting houses and his love of folklore. 

Molloy further wrote many notable plays to include; The Visiting House, The King of Friday’s Men, The Wood of the Whispering, The Paddy Pedlar, Daughter from over the Water and The Bachelor’s Daughter. Molloy died in 1994 aged 80 years.


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