Friday 21 October 2016


Published 01/01/2016 | 02:30

Noel Curran (Director General, RTÉ)

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"Wesley Burrowes made the defining contribution to televised serial drama in Ireland. From 'Tolka Row' to 'The Riordans', 'Bracken' to 'Glenroe', Wesley did not simply create plotlines, he created entire worlds, populated with original characters who themselves became household names on a scale unheard of before or since.

"Universally respected, beloved by his actors and crews, he captured facets of Irish life, and the Irish people, that resonated deeply with audiences.

"His deep regard for character allowed him to express his remarkable range for comedy, commentary and tragedy - some- times all three at once - that always felt innately truthful and real.

"His exceptional talents sustained him across four decades of writing for the small screen, and his place as the master of Irish television serial drama is assured."

Mario Rosenstock (Dr David Hanlon in 'Glenroe')

"He made a huge contribution to Irish life, especially through 'The Riordans', 'Bracken' and of course 'Glenroe'. Watching the scene with Dinny and Fr Deveraux in the confessional talking about the greyhound still makes me laugh out loud 25 years later."

Blathnaid Treacy (Denise Byrne in 'Glenroe')

"I'm saddened to hear of his passing. I'm glad to have been involved in a show he wrote. 'Glenroe' holds a very special place in Ireland's heart. My thoughts are with his family at this time."

Irish Independent

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