Writer Brian Friel donates his personal papers and manuscripts to the National Library of Ireland.

The documents cover a writing career of more than forty years from the 1950s to the present day.

The collection of 70 boxes of paper constitute a complete archive.

The collection includes short stories, radio scripts and papers charting the fortunes of his short stories and full-length plays. 

At a special event in the National Library celebrating the donation of the documents, Minsters for Arts Síle de Valera says that the papers would allow scholars and literary historians to study the genesis of Friel's work.

Brian Friel says that

It wasn't an easy decision to part with the papers... they wanted a good dry home

Brendan O'Donoghue, Director of the National Library welcomes the addition of Friels' work to the collections held by the library which includes other writers including George Bernard Shaw, WB Yeats, and James Joyce.

Noel Pearson, producer of the Friel play 'Dancing at Lughnasa', describes Friel as being

True to himself, true to where he comes from

Also among the guests at the National Library was Frank McGuinness, who adapted 'Dancing at Lughnasa' for the big screen. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 February 2001. The reporter is Colm Connolly.