Brian Friel is an Irish dramatist and short-story writer notable for such plays as Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa.
After The New Yorker began publishing his stories, Brian Friel turned to writing full-time. His first dramatic success was Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1963). Later he wrote about the dilemmas of Irish life and the troubles in Northern Ireland in such plays as The Freedom of the City (1973) and Making History (1988). His short-story collections include The Diviner (1983).