Tuesday 24 April 2018

Director killed in Turkey 'pushed theatre boundaries'

Stabbing victim John Donnelly
Stabbing victim John Donnelly

Ryan Nugent

An award-winning Irish director, who was stabbed to death in Turkey, has been described by friends who worked with him as "an extraordinary man, who brought people together".

John Donnelly (64), from Coolmine, Dublin, was discovered by Turkish police in the city of Bodrum on Friday afternoon.

His body was found with one stab wound in the back at his holiday apartment in the resort where he had been staying for the past three weeks.

The investigation is ongoing.

The director was involved with the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) and its president, Colm Moules, told the Irish Independent that he would be sadly missed.

"He was a wonderful director and a wonderful man.

"Any show that he produced, you would always know instantly that it was a John Donnelly show."

Dublin choreographer, Thomas Creighton, said: "He introduced people to different things and different people.

"I'm sure that people have got married because of John.

"He was always known for pushing boundaries and bringing the standards up across the board."

Irish Independent

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