Friday 13 December 2019

More to Leonard

than comedies

Sir -- It was sad to see the late great Dublin playwright Hugh Leonard ungraciously dismissed by The Irish Times as being a writer of domestic comedies about Dublin's middle classes.

Leonard won a Tony award on Broadway for his great play Da, a wonderful exploration of the relationship between himself and his working-class father that stands comparison with any drama about fathers and sons anywhere in the world.

He was also, as readers of the Sunday Independent will know, a satirist of some note who, (at no little risk to himself) took on the gunmen and their shadows during our recent troubled past.

But maybe that was his crime; that and being popular.

Eddie Naughton,

Dublin 8

Sunday Independent

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