Saturday 23 September 2017

Obituary: Peter Jankowsky

Brian Lynch praises the inspiration of the actor, writer, broadcaster and teacher

Peter Jankowsky, who was hailed as the man with perhaps the "most distinctive Sunday Miscellany voice of all", has died.

The actor, writer and long-time contributor to RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany was born in Berlin, in 1939, and came to Ireland to live in 1971. He played the lead role in RTE's prize-winning TV drama 'Caught in a Free State', a four-part series about German spies in Ireland during World War II.

The programme won the Banff International TV Festival Award in Canada for best drama production in 1984.

A collection of his Sunday Miscellany pieces, Myself Passing By was published by New Island Books in 2000.

Easter Snow, a book of his photographs of Clare Island, Co Mayo, and of the traditional musician Seamus Ennis, was published in 1992. He also published, with myself, in 1985, a translation of the poems of Paul Celan.

His last performance was a one-man show about the trial and death of Socrates, in University College Cork in June.

He taught German at the Goethe Institute in Dublin for more than 30 years. He was married to the artist Veronica Bolay.

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