Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin, who has died aged 84, was a short story writer, novelist, scriptwriter and playwright. Awarded the Irish Life award for plays in 1974, she also won 30 Oireachtas literary awards. The playwright John B Keane described her as the “best dramatist writing in Ireland”.
Her plays are of their time, and a number were staged at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe. Cití(1975) tells the story of a woman unwilling to be a patient, suffering wife which leads to bitter quarrels with her husband. It is one of the most successful plays to have been staged at the Taibhearc.