Thursday 22 March 2018


Mary McEvoy (Biddy Byrne in 'Glenroe')

"He was the most undervalued writer of our time. I think there was an artistic snobbery because he wrote commercial and populist shows, but he stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries. He had an economy of language, an emotional truth and a humour few, if any, matched.

Addressing that scene with Miley in the hay, Mary recalled:

"He wasn't afraid of controversy. I remember him coming to me and saying; 'Mary, I think Ireland is ready for its first on-screen sex scene. I like the idea of Miley's heaving buttocks being broadcast around the nation'."

Biddy White Lennon (Maggie Riordan in 'The Riordans')

"Wesley left everything to the wire, every script went to the wire. He was a divil. I remember he used to lock himself in the ladies bathroom in RTE Radio building and tap away frantically to meet deadlines.

He tried writing plays but TV was what he did best. He was very socially aware and was constantly absorbing what was around him.

He was denounced at various pulpits around the country on several occasions. He was fantastic company and a brilliant laugh and will be sorely missed."

Isobel Mahon (Michelle Haughey) in 'Glenroe'

"He was a warm human being who was deeply invested in every character in every one of his dramas. He was prolific and a high-wire act.

"He put a magical twist on storylines. He was fantastic company and a joy to be around."

Irish Independent

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