Minister Humphreys pays tribute to Brian Friel

Heather Humphreys T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has expressed her sympathy on hearing of the death of one of Ireland’s best known playwrights, Brian Friel.

Speaking this morning, the Minister said:

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Brian Friel.  Brian was one of our truly great playwrights and was a household name not only here at home but on the international stage as well.  He was renowned on Broadway, where many of his plays ran to great acclaim.  Through his writing he brought Ireland, and particularly Donegal, to the world.

“Irish people will be familiar with many of his works such as Translations and  Philadelphia, Here I Come! It is fitting that perhaps his greatest work, Dancing at Lughnasa, is this year showing at the Gaiety Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, marking the 25thanniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin.

“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of Brian’s family and friends.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”


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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