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02/10/2015 - Donegal Cathaoirleach pays tribute to playwright Brian Friel

Brian Friel

The late Brian Friel 


Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Clr Ciaran Brogan, has expressed his condolences on the death of the world renowned playwright Brian Friel today.


Clr Brogan commented, “Brian Friel was one of the greatest playwrights our country has ever produced and a much-loved member of our community for almost 50 years.   We, in Donegal, considered him ‘one of our own’  and felt a connection with  so many of his works which were based in this county and written in a language so familiar to us all.  However, his writing resonated with people far beyond this county. His plays have been performed at every level from parish halls to Broadway and his wonderfully drawn characters have been read, watched and loved by people throughout the world.”


“He has been the subject of many joyful and convivial community celebrations in this county over the years, including the Patrick McGill Summer School in Glenties, the Charles Macklin Autumn School in Culdaff, Inishowen and the recent inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival, in Donegal and Belfast. “


“Brian Friel was an icon and literary genius.  His works, including “Philadelphia here I come”, “Translations” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” leave a rich legacy of language and thought to the people of Donegal, Ireland and the world.”


“I want to express my condolences, and those of the members and staff of Donegal County Council, to his wife Anne, his children and grandchildren”.


Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

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