'Dancing at Lughnasa' writer Brian Friel dies at 86

October 2, 2015 2:09 PM

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CO DONEGAL, Ireland, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel, known for penning the famous play Dancing at Lughnasa, died early Friday morning. He was 86 years old.

The writer, who is by many regarded as "Ireland's Chekhov," died in his Co Donegal home from illness. His family, including wife and daughters, were reportedly at his bedside when he died.

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