"August 1980. We had packed the car with clothes, books, games, footballs and food. Our sons Oisin and Eoin were seven and four, excited for this adventure. We headed North, through Meath and Monaghan and across the Border at the Army Checkpoint at Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone. The boys stared in fascination at the young British soldiers armed with real guns.

"A long boring wait in the queue of cars at the checkpoint…. Window rolled down. Identification and purpose of visit to Northern Ireland ?

"We were heading to Derry, we said, to work on a production of a new play by Brian Friel.

"A new play by the Master, Brian Friel created a buzz of excitement for anyone interested in theatre at that time......"

Listen back to the full Sunday Miscellany tribute programme to Brian Friel here

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