09 January-Brian Friel

Brian Friel was a native of Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He was an award winning dramatist and writer of short stories. His play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep.

Brian Patrick Friel was born near Omagh Co Tyrone in 1929. He was educated at St Columb’s College, Derry and was awarded a BA degree from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1948. Following qualification as a teacher from St Joseph’s Training College in Belfast, Friel worked for a time as a teacher of mathematics in Derry.

In 1960 following the appearance of his writings in publications such as ‘The New Yorker’, Friel moved to Donegal and began writing full-time. He published 24 plays including ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’, ‘Faith Healer’ and ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.

Brian Friel was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the British Royal Society of Literature. He received a Tony Award in 1992 for Best Play for ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. In 2006 he was elected a Saoi of Aosdána.

Brian Friel, award winning dramatist and writer of short stories, was born in the year 1929 On This Day.





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