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Minister Deenihan statement on the passing of “uniquely talented” playwright Brian Friel

Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, today expressed his sympathy at the death of Irish playwright Brian Friel.

“It was with great sadness today that I learnt of the passing of the great and uniquely talented Irish playwright Brian Friel.

“I express my sincere sympathy to his family and friends during this difficult time.

“The passing of Brian Friel will be felt keenly by Irish people everywhere, many of whom have been deeply touched by his work.

“Brian Friel possessed a unique ability to portray a sense of Ireland and Irishness in his work and to do so with an unerring sense of realism.

“That realism was evident in Plays such as ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’, with emigration as one of its central themes and which was performed all over the world, resonating deeply with generations of Irish people living overseas and serving as a valuable connection between Ireland and the Global Irish family.

“He will be sorely missed by all who loved and valued the wonderful depth of Irish theatre and culture”

Press Office
2 October, 2015