Tributes paid to revered dramatist whose plays include A Whistle in the Dark and Famine

Tributes have been paid to the influential playwright Tom Murphy, who has died at the age of 83. Ireland’s president, Michael D Higgins, said Murphy made an “immeasurable and outstanding” contribution to Irish theatre.

Higgins called Murphy, whose works include A Whistle in the Dark and The Sanctuary Lamp, “the great playwright of the emigrant” and said he captured “in a poignant, creative way, the transience that is at the heart of the emigrant experience”.

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