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Brian Friel, who has died, above with a portrait by artist Mick O’Dea on the playwright’s 80th birthday in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Irish playwright Brian Friel dies aged 86 (Irish Times)

(Leon Farrell/RollingNews)

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Filmmaker/broadcaster Laura Gaynor writes:

RIP Brian Friel. He was an amazing playright. I think I will frame this letter (above) he sent me on my 17th birthday…

9 thoughts on “Making History

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Fantastic plays. I’ve seen some wonderful productions of Dancing at Lughnasa and Lovers/Winners. He had a gorgeous turn of phrase and created some really memorable characters.

    RIP, Mr Friel. And thank you.

  2. scottser

    i did philadelphia here i come for the leaving cert. seen it 4-5 times since then and it’s just genius.
    RIP

  3. ivan

    genuinely saddened too. Loved ‘Philadelphia’.

    “you wait, says she, till the rosary is over and the kettle is boiled”…

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Shurrrup Mr T.

      I enjoyed reading Laura’s letter, says more about the man than any obituary piece you’ll read in the papers/online over the next few days you can be sure.

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