Born in Dublin, he was a powerful playwright and novelist. His main works include the plays Do Thrushes Sing in Birmingham? (1962) - performed in the Abbey in 1963; Soldier (1969) - performed in the Peacock in 1969; Strange Dreams Unending (1974) - broadcast by RTÉ; Krieg (1982); and Voids (1982). His first novel, Shell, Sea Shell, published in 1983, celebrates the triumph of the individual's ability to survive the most horrendous events. His second novel Tenebrae: A Passion, published in 1985, was a forceful account of a priest's struggle with his own inner demons. Another novel, The Pale Moon of Morning, was published posthumously in 1995. He received bursaries from the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon in 1983 and in 1986.
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