Brian Friel: Famed playwright dies aged 86
2 October 2015
From the section Northern Ireland
Brian Friel won three Tony Awards for Dancing at Lughnasa in 1992
Acclaimed Irish playwright Brian Friel has died aged 86 after a long illness.
Friel is best known for plays such as Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa and Philadelphia, Here I Come.
He was born in Dromore, County Tyrone in 1929. He worked as a teacher in Londonderry before moving to County Donegal in the 1960s.
In 1992, Friel won three Tony Awards for Dancing at Lughnasa. The play was later made into film starring Meryl Streep.
Shiela Pratschke, chairwoman of Ireland’s Arts Council, said Friel had earned himself recognition among the world’s greatest playwrights.
“The Irish theatre and arts world generally is devastated by this sad, sad loss,” she said.
“Brian was an inspiration to Irish playwrights, …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment