Irish Playwrights and Brian Friel

Playwright Brian Friel died today. Special moments all round Dublin theatres tonight. This public art piece is in an alley between Temple Bar and the River Liffey. It says, “Around 1610 Shakespeare wrote The Tempest and retired to Stratford Upon Avon where he died in 1613. Queen Elizabeth having completed the conquest of Ireland was dead. The last of the O’Neill and O’Donnell were gone to Spain and Ulster planted with Crown subjects. Between 1613 and the War of Independence 1922 which won back self rule in Ireland, no play of any real merit was written in the English language by any other than by an Irish-born writer.” 

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