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MLAs pay tribute to 'Goliath' playwright Brian Friel

By Noel McAdam

Published 06/10/2015

Brian Friel
Brian Friel

Assembly parties have paid tribute to renowned playwright Brian Friel, who died last week.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "We have lost another Goliath of literature," referencing poet Seamus Heaney who passed away two years ago.

And he read a Heaney poem called Postscript.

Alliance's Anna Lo called the Omagh-born writer a "master craftsman". The SDLP's Colum Eastwood said Mr Friel's simple funeral on Sunday "probably indicates what kind of a man he was".

The UUP's Leslie Cree said: "His work is certainly highly respected and enjoyed at home and internationally. He was a remarkable man, and his passing leaves us all the shorter of that sort of people."

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