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Ex-President Bill Clinton joy at Friel's celebration

By Ivan Little

Published 21/07/2015

Acclaimed: Brian Friel
Acclaimed: Brian Friel

Former American President Bill Clinton has applauded plans for a major new cross-border festival in Belfast and Co Donegal to honour one of his favourite writers, Omagh-born Brian Friel.

The programme for the Lughnasa International Friel Festival next month includes performances of his plays, talks about his work and musical celebrations of the man.

In a message to organisers, President Clinton said the 86-year-old Derry-educated playwright's work was an "Irish treasure for the entire world".

The festival runs from August 20-31 and is organised by Belfast-born artistic director Sean Doran. More information on all the events is at www.lughnasa

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