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1930 - 2020

Eugene McCabe was born in Glasgow in July 1930 to Irish parents. His family returned to Clones in Monaghan in the early forties and Eugene attended University College, Cork. In the early seventies, he wrote a trilogy of television plays on the differing traditions in Northern Ireland. The trilogy, broadcast by RTÉ Television in 1973 was titled 'Victims' and consisted of 'Cancer', 'Heritage' and 'Siege'. In 1992 he published his novel 'Death and Nightingales'. He has received many awards for his work including the Irish Life Theatre Award in 1964 for 'King of the Castle' which was first produced that year by the Dublin Theatre Festival; the Legum Doctorate from University of Prince Edward Island, Canada 1990 and the Butler Literary Award for Prose from Irish American Cultural Institute in 2002. From the American/Irish Ireland Funds, he received the 2006 AWB Vincent Literary Award. McCabe was a member of Aosdána.


Play Title Playwright
Heritage Tommy McArdle Eugene McCabe