Following the death of Brian Friel, Pat Ramsey MLA for Foyle said :
“Ireland is in mourning today following the passing of literary giant, Brian Friel. The authors reach extended from beyond the shores of the Foyle to theatres the world over.
“Brian carried the story and the challenges of our people to a global audience without ever compromising the humanity and understanding his writing possessed in abundance.
“There are very few people born who leave a legacy, a monument to themselves as strong and robust as that contained in his work.
“The fact that this was never what motivated him, his unassuming character, is testimony to the gentleman he was.
“Brian will be missed not simply in this part of the world, his passing will leave a void that may never be filled.
“RIP Brian Friel.”