Brian Friel, 1929-2015

bh015811It is with sadness that we note the passing of world-renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel. Perhaps most famous in North America for his Tony award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, Friel wrote over three dozen plays for stage and screen, including Molly Sweeney, Give Me Your Answer Do!, and an adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Boston College students put on a performance of his play Translations a number of times, most recently in 2010. A performance of Dancing at Lughnasa is planned for the spring. The John J. Burns Library is fortunate to be able to share some of the many images of Friel taken by photographer Bobby Hanvey, in the Bobby Hanvey Photographic Archives, many of which can be found online.

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These images and many others by Bobby Hanvey can be found in the Bobby Hanvey Photographic Archives.

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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