Friday 25 May 2018

Artists gather to honour Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Tributes were paid to acclaimed writer Edna O'Brien at a star-studded show in the Gaiety Theatre last night.

Hailed as the doyenne of Irish literature, the 85-year-old was honoured with a medley of music and musings written especially for the night.

Hosted by fellow writer Joseph O'Connor, a number of special guests took to the stage to perform extracts from some of Edna's most memorable work as well as songs taken from the times she wrote about.

Contributors at last night's show included Paddy Moloney, Declan O'Rourke, Eleanor McEvoy, John Sheahan and Mary Black.

Also at the event was 'Fair City's Aoibhin Garrihy, Stephen Brennan and Olivia O'Leary.

Co-producer John McColgan, of Riverdance fame, said that it was important to recognise "great women writers" and give Edna her due credit.

"We are joined by a remarkable cast of writers, poets and performers - a fitting celebration to a prodigious talent, honouring both that woman and the work," he said.

Edna said she was over-joyed with the tribute.

"I am delighted and incredulous to be given this great honour, which is all the sweeter for being on home-ground and with so many gifted people giving their time and their talents to it," she said.

Irish Independent

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