Aodhan Madden, RIP

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death playright and author Aodhan Madden earlier this month. We convey our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. 

Aodhan Madden worked for many years as a journalist and critic with the Irish Press before taking up writing for a variety of mediums, including print, stage, radio and screen. The Abbey Theatre staged The Midnight Door in 1984, and his plays have been broadcast on RTE and the BBC. Aodhan also wrote the acclaimed film Night Train, which starred John Hurt and Brenda Blethyn. He was amember of Aosdána and the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Francis MacManus Award and was the three times recipient of the O.Z. Whitehead Award.

In 2009, we published Aodhan's memoir Fear and Loathing in Dublin. It details his struggles with depression, alcoholism, acceptance of his homosexuality and his close relationship with his father Jim, who lovingly stood by him through the worst of his troubles.

Ar deis Dé go raibh a anam.