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.
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.