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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Death of Irish writer
A scene from a screen version of Strumpet City
A scene from a screen version of Strumpet City
The acclaimed Irish writer James Plunkett has died aged 83.

He was best known for his novel Strumpet City - an epic account of the 1913 strike known as the Dublin lockout.

The novel was turned into a television drama series by RTE in the Irish Republic starring Peter O'Toole as the trade union leader Jim Larkin, along with David Kelly, Donal McCann and Cyril Cusack.

The author died in a Dublin nursing home at about 0630 BST on Wednesday.

James Plunkett Kelly was born in Dublin in 1920 and was the son of a First World War veteran who was also a member of Larkin's Irish Transport and General Workers Union.

A former clerk in the Dublin Gas Company, he later became active in the trade union movement and between 1946 and 1947 served under Larkin.

He joined RTE in the 1950s as a drama assistant where he wrote several radio plays.

The author wrote many short stories, plays and novels under his nom-de-plume James Plunkett.

His novels include Farewell Companions and The Circus Animals.

He is survived by three sons and will be cremated at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin.

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