Sunday 23 July 2017

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

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.

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