Frank Dunne


1932- ; b. Co. Laois; toured Ireland with Anew McMaster and later worked with the Edwards-MacLiammoir company at the Gate (Dublin); has appeared in numerous TV plays and in film in Britain since the 1960s; wrote The Rise and Fall of Barney Kerrigan (Belfast Lyric 1977), with a Liam Neeson in the title role; also Old Days (Lyric 1981); his play Dreams of Dublin Bay was winner of the Giles Cooper Award (BBC 1988); Players and Painted Stage (Bristol 1995), dealing with the last days of an Irish company touring Shakespeare - very like McMaster’s - facing declining audiences in the 1960s.

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Drama, Three Plays (Exmouth: Uisce Edns. 2009), 180pp. [“Players and Painted Stage”; “Roads to Inichore”; “The Long Road to Dublin” [the latter two unproduced]. 

Fiction, Wexford Road [Collins Young Fiction] (London: Collins 1979), 112pp., ill. [by Gavin Rowe]; Doolan’s Daughter and Other Stories (Exmouth: Uisce Editions 2006), 110pp.;

Poetry, Mirror in the Morning: Ppoems (Exmouth: Uisce Editions 2004), 59pp.

Also “Dreams of Dublin Bay”, in Best Radio Plays of 1987: The Giles Cooper Award Winners (London: Methuen/BBC Publications 1988) [Wally K. Daly, Mary’s; Anna Fox, Nobby’s day; Nigel D. Moffat, Lifetime; Richard Nelson, Languages spoken here; Peter Tinniswood, The village fête].

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