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Bernard Farrell


Bernard Farrell was born in Sandycove in County Dublin in 1939. He was awarded The Rooney Prize for Literature in 1980, The Sunday Tribune Comedy of the year Award for 'Forty Four Sycamore' in 1992, and in 1998 'Kevin's Bed' was nominated as best Irish Play in the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards. He was Writer-In-Association at the Abbey Theatre in 1996/97 and has also served on the theatre's Advisory Council and as Director of the Abbey Board. In 2014 he was presented with The John B. Keane Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Mercier Press. His work has been performed in almost all of Ireland's leading theatres, and has been produced overseas in the USA, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. He has written a number of radio plays, two of which ( 'The Year of Jimmy Somers' and 'The Final Whistle') went on to represent Ireland at the Prix Italia in 1987 and 1992 respectively. He has also written for television, notably for the long-running RTÉ series 'Glenroe'. Bernard Farrell is a member of Aosdána. He lives in Greystones in County Wicklow.