Minister Humphreys pays tribute to JP Donleavy

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has expressed her sadness on hearing of the passing of JP Donleavy.

Speaking earlier today, Minister Humphreys said: 

“Although a native of New York, JP was born to Irish parents.  He took advantage of the G.I. Bill which allowed him to attend Trinity College, Dublin after serving in the US Navy during World War II.  He spent most of his productive years in London, the Isle of Man and here in Ireland.

“From his debut seminal work The Ginger Man in 1955, through to standout pieces including A Singular Man, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B and A Fairytale of New York, JP’s body of work stands tall alongside contemporaries and friends such as Patrick Kavanagh, Brian O’ Nolan (Flann O’Brian) and Brendan Behan.

“His honouring with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in 2015 is testament to his strong contribution to Irish literature. Indeed, when one speaks of iconic contemporary literature of the 20th Century, the name of JP Donleavy will never be far from the conversation.

“I would like to extend my sympathy and condolences to JP’s family and friends at this difficult time.”



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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