Brian Friel’s brilliance will be remembered throughout the ages – Ó Ríordáin

The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, has commented on the passing of Brian Friel.

“Ireland today has lost one of our great treasures. The passing of Brian Friel casts a sadness over this island. As a nation, we mourn his passing. This is a deeply sad time for his family and friends who I know will miss him tremendously.

“Like so many people in Ireland and around the world, I have long been an admirer of Brian Friel’s work. His world-renowned productions such as ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’,  ‘Translations’ and ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ have left a profound influence on me as they have on many.

“His works have woven through the tapestry of our lives. His fascination with the ‘big house’ phenomenon in a transitioning Ireland made him comparable with the great Anton Chekhov.

“His more recent interpretations of Chekhov’s work broke new ground and widened the dramatic experience of Irish theatre goers.

“Brian Friel’s writings and the beauty of his storytelling will be sorely missed, but will last as a testament to his brilliance throughout the ages.

“Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.”


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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