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Playwright Brian Friel has passed away

Brian Friel and Sheamus Heaney
Brian Friel and Sheamus Heaney

One of Ireland’s best loved playwright’s Brian Friel has died aged 86.

Friel was born in Omagh, Co Tyrone, in 1929, his father was a primary school teacher and his mother was a postmistress.

Having become a teacher, Friel moved to Donegal in 1967, three years after his first successful play Philadelphia, Here I Come.

Hi sbest known play Dancing and Lughnasa received worldwide acclaim, earning the playwright three Tony Awards, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

It was later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon in 1998.

He is survived by wife Anne Morrison, who he married in 1954, and their four daughters and one son.