The funeral of Brian Friel, at Glenties Cemetery, Co Donegal. Among the mourners was writer Eugene McCabe (left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:04

As the hearse wound around the coastal roads from Brian Friel’s Greencastle home, on the shores of Lough Foyle, traditional musicians prepared to g(...)

Brian Friel “was fatherly, kind, practical and funny. He seemed to look deep into the centre of things.” File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It all began with a note, welcoming me to sit in on the dress rehearsal of the revival of his masterwork, Faith Healer. Brian Friel said it wou(...)

Rosita Boland. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In 2008 I was sent to Glenties, in Co Donegal, to report on that year’s MacGill Summer School. Its theme is usually something to do with politics, (...)

Portrait of the artist: Brian Friel in one of Colin Davidson’s portraits of the late playwright

The boy, in this memory, is about nine years old, and his father is in his early 40s. It is summer in the beautiful Donegal village of Glenties, where(...)

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Meryl Streep has paid tribute to the playwright Brian Friel describing him as a “tender dramatist, an insightful humanist and a lovely man”. Streep st(...)

Brian Friel: “He was, quite simply, a giant, not only of Irish, but of World Theatre,”  the Arts Council said in a statement. 2:04

One of Ireland’s best known playwrights and a ‘giant of world theatre’, Brian Friel has died aged 86 . He passed away on Friday morning. President Mi(...)

John Banville writes crime novels under the Benjamin Black pseudonym. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The first Imagine Crime Writing Award will be presented to Irish novelist John Banville during this year’s Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford. Waterfo(...)

‘Would Ireland be the same place without the traditional music of counties such as Clare, the many local cultural festivals, the visual art of people such as Jack Yeats, and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats?’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As the Budget and an election approach one hears concern being expressed about the demand for increases in expenditure in many areas. The much bigger(...)

Imogen Stuart and Edna O’Brien: ‘Two amazing women’  being honoured ‘by their peers in the most fitting way possible for artists’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three artists were today elected to become Saoithe in Aosdána in a ceremony presided over by President Michael D Higgins. Artist Imogen Stuart and wr(...)

Don’t be afraid: On my last evening with my father, just before he was transferred to Blackrock Clinic, I spoke to him about pretty much anything except what was about to happen. Photograph: RTÉ

In his book Without Feathers Woody Allen has a line that has become one of his most famous quips: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want (...)