Brian Friel, one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights and author of the Tony award-winning “Dancing at Lughnasa”, died on Friday at the age of 86. In a five-decade career, Friel wrote over 30 plays and was considered one of the greatest ever Irish writers. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny described him as “the consummate Irish storyteller” whose work “reached all corners of the world”. “The nation and the world have lost one of the giants of theatre,” Kenny said. Often called “the Irish Chekhov”, his translations of the great Russian dramatist were considered classics in themselves.–AFP