Friday 20 January 2017

Eoghan Harris: Of Protestants popes, and preserving the Irish language

Published 26/09/2010 | 05:00

DONAL Gilligan, who suddenly died last Sunday at the age of 46, was one of Ireland's finest cinematographers, whose credits included Omagh and Saving Private Ryan.

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But I also remember him as the funny and fearless young film student on Lelia Doolan's pioneering film course at Rathmines College where I taught him in the early Eighties.

At his removal, his adored wife Charlotte told me that Donal cherished fond memories of his role as Danno in one of two plays I wrote at the time about southern Protestants, The Pope's Gig and Souper Sullivan, a subject sharpened in my mind by the Provisional IRA campaign on H-blocks.

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