Irish playwright and translator, born in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. He grew up on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and seems drawn to people isolated by conflict and violence. His first play, the vivid and angry Factory Girls (1982), was followed by Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1985), which enacts the experience of Ulster loyalists in the First World War, and is remarkable as a Catholic writer's attempt to come to terms with a key myth of Protestant Ireland. A sense of division also underlies Mary and Lizzie (1989), The Breadman (1990), and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (1992). Subsequent plays include The Bird Sanctuary (1994), Mutabilitie (1997), and Gates of Gold (2004).