first_imgThere is widespread sadness this morning following the death of one of Donegal’s beloved adopted sons Brian Friel. Friel was one of Ireland’s best known playwrights, and he died earlier this morning at the age of 86.Friel had strong connections to Donegal all throughout his life, and lived in the beautiful fishing village of Greencastle. It was at his home in Greencastle that he passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his wife and daughters.The Co Tyrone-born writer was best known for his plays Dancing at Lughnasa and Philadelphia, Here I Come.He penned over 30 plays and Dancing at Lughnasa won three Tony Awards in 1992.Born in January 1929, Friel was educated in St Columb’s College, Derry. Brian Friel was named the Donegal Person of the Year in 2010.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.DONEGAL IN MOURNING AFTER DEATH OF ADOPTED SON BRIAN FRIEL was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Home-page Newslast_img

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