Monday 24 September 2018

Tributes to 'most eloquent man in the world' as Delaney (74) dies

Frank Delaney died aged 74
Frank Delaney died aged 74

President Michael D Higgins had led tributes to writer and broadcaster Frank Delaney, who passed away yesterday in the US aged 74.

Born in Tipperary, he had a busy career as a journalist before becoming a significant voice in the literary world.

National Public Radio in the United States described him as "the most eloquent man in the world".

"It is with great sadness that I have heard of the passing of Frank Delaney, acclaimed novelist, broadcaster and journalist," Mr Higgins said of the broadcaster.

"RTE had the benefit of his considerable talent and skills and he was widely appreciated as the BBC correspondent in Dublin.

"Frank Delaney went on to create a space to discuss arts and literature, winning both critical acclaim and substantial audiences for his broadcasts as well his writing.

"He was recognised as an important scholar on the work of James Joyce and an influential Irish voice in the UK and further afield.


"Sabina and I want to express our condolences to his wife Diane, his sons Francis, Bryan and Owen, their extended family, his colleagues and his wide circle of friends."

A best-selling author of 21 books, both fiction and non-fiction, he interviewed a great number of authors for his BBC and international television and radio shows, including Bookshelf, The Book Show and The Frank Delaney Show.

He worked as a newsreader and journalist for RTE in the 1970s and became BBC correspondent in Dublin in the mid-70s.

He moved to England in 1980, where he inaugurated the award-winning book show Bookshelf for the BBC. He wrote documentary films for BBC's Omnibus and wrote and presented The Celts series.

His first book, James Joyce's Odyssey, became a best-seller in 1981 and he wrote a number of novels, many about Irish life.

In 2010, he launched a series of podcasts called Re: Joyce, a page-by-page guide to Ulysses.

He moved to the US in 2002 and lived with his wife Diane Meier in Connecticut.

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