"Charlie McBride was a stalwart on the Galway arts scene for many years. I was shocked to hear of his death over the weekend although I knew he had a very tough year coping with illness. Charlie was a great writer and journalist whose thoughts and opinions appeared in this publication over a long number of years. My earlier memories of Charlie are from the mid to late 1980s initially through his satirical writings and performances with his great friend Conor Maguire who sadly died a few years ago. Maguire and McBride kept us all hugely entertained through their acerbic take and smart lens on social and political stories of the day with their regular late night revues which really came to prominence at the Seventh Heaven restaurant on Druid Lane.
As a journalist, Charlie often interviewed me in his features on Galway International Arts Festival. He always had his homework done in advance, was hugely knowledgeable and informed and especially passionate about theatre. His reviews were always thoughtful and considered and he was incredibly supportive of fledgling artists, writers and companies and he offered great insight and critique. He had a great brain, was so very smart with a great sense of humour. He always had a lovely gentle presence and he will be hugely missed by the Galway arts community and beyond. My thoughts are with his wife Aileen and their daughters. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis."
Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival