Brian Friel, legendary Irish playwright, has passed away aged 86 6 years ago

Brian Friel, legendary Irish playwright, has passed away aged 86

Brian Friel, one of Ireland's best respected playwrights, has passed away at the age of 86.

Friel's body of work contains several internationally beloved plays such as Philadelphia, Here I Come and Dancing at Lughnasa, which won three Tony Awards in 1992 as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play.

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Friel, originally from Derry, wrote over 30 plays throughout his career and will be remembered as a giant of Irish literature.

Many have paid tribute to Friel's legacy:

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He is survived by his wife, Anne, and their five children.