Wednesday 14 November 2018

'A great talent' - tributes pour in for Glenroe writer Wesley Burrowes

Wesley Burrowes pictured in 2008
Wesley Burrowes pictured in 2008
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Actor and comedian Mario Rosenstock has paid tribute to Glenroe writer Wesley Burrowes, who passed away today at the age of 85.

The actor who played Dr David Hanlon in the soap in the 1990s, said Mr Burrowes was "a great Irish writing talent".

The writer of RTE shows Glenroe and the Riordans  Mr Burrowes passed away after a long illness.

"He made a huge contribution to Irish life most especially through the Riordans,  Bracken and,  of course, Glenroe," said Mr Rosenstock. "Watching the scene with Dinny and Father Deveraux in the confessional talking about the greyhound still makes me laugh out loud 25 years later! He was a great Irish writing talent.

Mr Burrowes was an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter but it is his work in the long running series Glenroe which he will be best known for.

He also wrote other RTE drama shows like Tolka Row, The Riordans and Bracken.

Mario Rosenstock. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mario Rosenstock. Photo: Gerry Mooney

In a statement released this evening, Noel Curran, Director-General, RTÉ  paid tribute to Mr Burrowes.

"Wesley Burrowes made the defining contribution to televised serial drama in Ireland. From Tolka Row to The Riordans, Bracken to Glenroe, Wesley did not simply create plotlines, he created entire worlds, populated with original characters who themselves became household names on a scale unheard of before or since.

"Universally respected, beloved by his actors and crews, he captured facets of Irish life, and the Irish people, that resonated deeply with audiences. His deep regard for character allowed him to express his remarkable range for comedy, commentary and tragedy - sometimes all three at once - that always felt innately truthful and real.

"His exceptional talents sustained him across four decades of writing for the small screen, and his place as the master of Irish television serial drama is assured. On behalf of RTÉ, and on behalf of our many colleagues who worked so closely with him over many years, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Wesley's family."

Wesley Burrowes is survived by his wife Helena, son Kim, daughter Ciara, son-in-law Kieran and daughter-in-law Aoife

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