November 13, 2020

We are sad to report the passing away of one of the most influential adjudicators to have shared membership of ADA.

A founding member of the Association, Pat’s wide experience, amateur, professional and academic, brought a wealth of knowledge and experience which he shared with wit and great insight. He was a superlative adjudicator and brought his prowess to several All Ireland Drama Festival Finals in Athlone.

Pat, served as Vice-President of ADA and was central to the re-organisation and constitutional changes in 2011-12, and, together, we re-wrote the process for admission to ADA and the philosophy and protocols applicable to the marking system … he was a first class wordsmith with meticulous attention to detail.

The Dublin Shakespeare Society:  “Pat has brought his array of talents as an actor, director, tutor and lecturer to the service of the Society since 1987, and he occupied the position of President in the Society’s centenary year. Pat has a particular empathy with the plays of Ireland’s foremost contemporary playwright – Brian Friel. He has directed four of the author’s works for the Society over the years, as well as a number of other plays, including four by Shakespeare.”

Dr Pat Burke, was a Lecturer at St Patricks College Drumcondra, Dublin where he headed up the Drama Department. 

The one word used over and over again, in the long list of condolences penned by friends and colleagues … the word ‘gentleman’ appears countless times.

“We shall remember Pat as a fine actor, a deeply informed and imaginative director – with exceptional insights into the work of Brian Friel – and a wise and kind drama adjudicator. In short, Pat Burke was a man for all theatrical seasons.”

Michael Poynor

President ADA

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