‘The Great Hunger’ playwright Tom MacIntyre passes away aged 87

‘The Great Hunger’ playwright Tom MacIntyre passes away aged 87

ACCLAIMED IRISH playwright and poet Tom MacIntyre has passed away at the age of 87.

Born in Cavan in 1931, Mr MacIntyre was particularly renowned for his theatre production of ‘The Great Hunger’, based on the poem of the same name by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh.

First performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1983, 'The Great Hunger' tells the story of the severe isolation of Maguire, a farming man tied to his land as the potato blight ravages Ireland.

Mr MacIntyre passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 30th, following a long illness.

He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing, and leaves behind his 'adored wife and soulmate' Céline and his five children, Deidre, Darragh, Donal, Desmond and Tadhg.

Tributes have flooded in for the writer, with fellow poet Michael D Higgins, president of Ireland, telling The Irish Times that his death “is such a very great loss to the world of letters and performance”.

Fellow writers and those involved in the arts have also been paying tribute to the wordsmith on social media, telling of their deep sadness at his passing and describing him as “a great poetic voice”.

His funeral mass will take place tomorrow, Saturday 2nd November, in his hometown of Bailieborough, Co Cavan.

May he rest in peace.