Mac Anna leaves e100,000 will

A DUNDALK born playwright who died last year has left €107,562 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

A DUNDALK born playwright who died last year has left €107,562 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Tomas Mac Anna of Lauderdale Terrace, Bray, who died on May 17 last year, was born in Dundalk.

His long career at the Abbey began in 1947 and he was appointed the company’s Gaelic producer, and worked as a director and set designer.

He was appointed artistic director of the Abbey in 1966, a position which he held for three terms. He also directed a stage version of Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy, which won a Tony Award in 1970, and was a prolific writer.

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under the valid will.

A performance space on the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) campus is being named Mac Anna Theatre in recognition of his work in Irish theatre.

He wrote many plays including Winter Wedding, Scéal Scéala í and the docu-drama Glittering Spears.